That’s My Dad

June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

You may know him as the one who daily reenacted the Incredible Hulk or the Tickle Monster; the provider; the disciplinarian; the hard worker; the strong, safe arms; or the voice that sang you to sleep at night, but to everyone else he is your dad.  For those of us who grew up with a good and godly daddy, we are truly blessed.

I realize that not everyone can identify with any or all of the above statements.  You may not know your dad, or, perhaps worse, you may have at one time wished you never knew him.  Your Father in heaven sees all and you, His child, have not gone fatherless in Him.

This weekend as we celebrate “the man”  let us take time to remember what the Father wants our dads to reflect.  But first, watch this video and be blessed with some belly laughter from what my daddy in jest refers to as your “muscle belly.”

If you didn’t laugh or at least smirk while watching this video, you need to watch it again!

To find a Biblical description of a portrait dad, I will refer to Psalm 1 and Proverbs 31.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. ~Psalm 1:1-3

What are you doing, my son?  What are you doing, son of my womb?  What are you doing, son of my vows?  Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. 

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open you mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.~Proverbs 31:2-5,8-9

Dad’s job description never was 9 to 5 exclusive. Rather, it has always extended to the 24/7 time frame that today’s moms so often quip of.  The job performance of the honor of father greatly determines the state both within the home and across the globe.

As we celebrate Father’s Day 2011, let us seek also to celebrate our heavenly Father.  Let us use this time to rediscover Him and His word in order that we might help to raise this generation of little boys to become big men of whom future generations can proudly say, “That’s my dad.”

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • Seek to reestablish relationship with your dad if it has been lost in the past.
  • Forgive your earthly father as your Heavenly Father has forgiven you.
  • Tell your daddy that you love him and share one encouraging memory that you have of him with him.
  • Be the dad that you either had or wished you had.  Live out love and Christ.
  • Mentor a child who is fatherless.
  • Adopt.

All photographs were taken of our family by Corey Conroy Photography.

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