14 06 2013

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

Fathers are a child’s first picture of God. For better or for worse, how a father lives his life in front of his child – the way he loves, forgives, works, plays, talks, and chooses – becomes a frame through which his child learns about the character and passion of the Heavenly Father. As walking reflections of Jesus, dads have the unique responsibility to imitate the Father so that as their sons and daughters imitate them, they learn how to mirror the heart of God.

Even as we nod our heads in agreement, we gulp as we think about the heavy burden this lays on our hearts as parents. Yet, it is precisely this father-led modeling that God has put in place as the best way to pass on faith, ignite compassion, fire hunger for worship, and teach the next generation that they stand on holy ground.

Dads, remember that you are a transparent window into the heart of God for your children. Keep the window clean and free of clutter and distraction and your children will be able to see Jesus. Moms, you have a big role in helping dads be the men God calls them to be. Lift them up – in prayer, in love, and in the eyes of your children. Sons and daughters, never stop learning from your dads. Also, remember that dads learn a whole lot of about God from their children. It is an amazing circle.

My Jesus Resolution today is to be thankful for dads. Proverbs 20:7 says, “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” The way that a dad lives his life in front of his children has the power to propel them into the Father’s presence. Appreciate the men who walk in faith in your life. Tell them you are thankful for the way they have shown you Jesus. Encourage them to continue to take the hard steps defined by integrity, strength, and selflessness. Fathers make an eternal difference. Thanks, Dad!



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