Monday, September 15, 2008

A Father's Love

In his book Jesus Among Other Gods, Ravi Zacharias tells a story about a girl who became hopelessly lost in a dark and dense forest. She called and screamed, but to no avail. Her alarmed parents and a group of volunteers searched frantically for her. When darkness fell, they had to give up for the night.

Early the next morning the girl's father reentered the forest to search for her and spied her fast asleep on a rock. He called her name and ran toward her. Startled awake, she threw her arms out to him. As he picked her up and hugged her, she repeated over and over, "Daddy, I found you!"

Dylan was still having a bit of runny nose & coughing when I sent him to school this morning. As I was on my way back, I can't help it but by thinking is he going to be alright... Now being a parent of 2, I truly understand the love that our parents have for us when we were kids. How worried they get when we fall sick or when we come home a little later than usual. And I am just as guilty as anyone that we often belittled the effort & action of our parents who woke up early to prepare the breakfast or reading us a bedside story & tucking us to bed.

Dads have a wonderful opportunity to encourage, to warn, to teach, to counsel, and to model the Christian life for our kids. It's significant that Moses' instruction in Deuteronomy 6 was directed toward fathers. Verse 7 especially spells out one task of a father-to teach his children.

This sounds like Paul's statement in Ephesians 6:4. He said that fathers should rear their children "in the training and admonition of the Lord." Christian fathers who do this will distinguish themselves from other dads and will be obedient to God's will. Oh, that our children would be nurtured by moms AND DADs who love the Lord!

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