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Piece of Clay - Job 33:6
Do you remember from years ago the recruiting motto that was plastered on every billboard and TV ad that the Marines sent out? They were looking for what? Yes, you remember. All they wanted was a few good men. Heading into June and the busy summer season, one day of this month sticks out for me. Father’s Day always strikes a chord with me. For one thing, I had a great dad to celebrate and secondly I am a dad to two very fine young men. Of all the names/words used to describe me, it is the word dad that I really enjoy the most.
Nostalgia does not wash over me on days like Father’s Day. In fact, the day sort of fires me up. It is a reminder of my role and influence. It is a call for me keep my focus on the goal ahead of me. As a dad, I desire to raise two men that never will attempt to fit Jesus into their lives but to find their lives in Jesus. Certainly, I have made my fair share of mistakes in fatherhood. My boys will gladly point those out! I have often found myself apologizing for sharp words, loud voice and unfair treatment. Their father being imperfect is one thing that my two sons can count on. As for me, the one thing that I can count on is the grace of God to make up for my short comings as a father.
Ours sons and daughters do not realize the great impact a Christ honoring father and grandfather has on their present and future lives. It has been said that our children are nothing less than a time capsule that will long out live us and speak for us our message into the future. Which begs the question, what are you speaking into the future? What message will out live you? What will your daughter say when asked, “Tell us about your dad”? What tidbits will your son pass on to your grandsons on their wedding day if you are not around? That is a lot to think about.
The Bible is full of references to the great role we fill as fathers. The book of Deuteronomy alone has ninety-eight mentions of fathers and grandfathers yet never mentions moms! Think there is a sermon there? Be encouraged to meditate, memorize, share or even preach from these wonderful words of life as you think about fathers, whether they are in your church or in your past.
Proverbs 20:7; Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 103:13;
Joshua 24:15; Proverbs 3:11-13; Psalm 127:3-5