Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
Over the past several months, I have worked hard to pull together a compilation of Josh's great dadding. Gathering these magical moments one by one as Josh showed his abilities in discipline, teaching, and gentleness.
JUST KIDDING. This is a collection of me catching Josh getting the kids wound up. You can find these funnies here: JOSH THE FUN DAD.
As we head into another week, I want to just use this Father's Day opportunity to remind us of who our Heavenly Father is and who we are to Him.
Do we realize that God's love knows no bounds? It does not yield to wealth, mistakes, nationality, race, or gender.
Do we remember that God loves us so much that He sent His own flesh and blood to this earth to save us? His purpose was to disciple, and then die. Good Lord, if the Holy God in heaven would do such a thing to His own son, how can we view ourselves as anything less than the sons and daughters of a King!?
Do we know Matthew 6:8 “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him”? Just as we do with our own children, our Heavenly Father allows us to live within His permissive will. Not because He wants us to fall into harm, but because He understands that learning by living affirms His goodness and presence. When we finally learn what He has known all along, He is so ready to welcome us that He can't even be angry.
Do we realize how much faith we put in others that we should only put in the Father? Are we aware of how much we allow people to hurt us when perhaps we leaned too much on an agreement of another sinner instead of the promises of God?
Do we sometimes forget that love without sacrifice is not love at all? Parents understand this. When we welcome a new baby, we must love when all the baby knows is how to depend. We sacrifice for the child even though we receive nothing in return. Do we forget that before we were knit together in our mother's womb Christ died for us?
Do we believe that He would leave the 99 for us? Or do we think that there is a last time for God? He meets us right where we are, but loves us too much to let us stay there.
Do we understand that He set us free for freedom's sake? Unlike the burden of sin, the Lord does not desire a different kind of slavery for those that claim to love Him. He set us free because He wants to be chosen just like He chose us over His own son on the cross that day.
Remember these things. Whenever the world feels like too much or you can seem to understand where you fit, remember God's design for not only you as His child but for His own love toward us. For the God of love, wrath, peace, righteousness, mercy, and peace to want me this badly makes me realize that nothing in this world can fulfill my life like God can. Whether we are in a season of feast or famine, let us never lose sight of who God said He was and who He said we were.
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Matthew 23:9
The greatest thing we can teach our children is to look beyond us at heaven.