Growing up I always heard the saying, “MaMa’s baby, Daddy’s maybe”, referring newborn babies who do not look like the father. Well, no one ever said that about me. I was definitely “Daddy’s baby”. I have always looked like my dad; I’m the female version of him 😊 We look alike, we have similar characteristics, and we both share a deep love for music. In fact, I would go out on a limb and say my dad’s love for music is what sparked my initial interest in it. My dad always had the latest albums, he made “mix cds” of his own…he was his own DJ. He was better than the DJ’s on the radio, and I’m sure most people who know him will say the same thing. Dad missed his calling and should have been a DJ for sure 😊 Did I mention the man will ALWAYS have a clean, stylish, black luxury car waiting to be taken on the open road? You can always count on him to have finishing touches comparable to no one else. If there are two of the same car next to each other at a stop light, you will know which one belongs to my dad because the finishing touches will be unlike any car you have ever seen. Trust me, there is no one like my daddy!
As Christians, we must take on this same admiration and respect for our Heavenly Father, our “daddy”. It’s not enough for us to say we believe in God, for us to come to church occasionally, to pick up a Bible here and there. NO! We must make conscious efforts every single day to live a life that is reflective of our respect for our “Daddy”. God tells us to have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3-5), but how many of us are living that commandment? So many of us are distracted by the woes of everyday life that we neglect to realize just how awesome our “Daddy” is. God’s love for his children is unlike anything we will ever see. God’s love is an experience. When we make mistakes, He never leaves us. When we are lost and confused, God grants us courage and wisdom to push through those challenging times. The biggest sign of love God gives us was the life of His precious Son, Jesus Christ. Because of God’s love for His children, he sent Jesus to Earth to die, so that we may all have salvation. When someone loves you like THAT, the least you can do is honor Him by meditating on His word day and night (Joshua 1:8), by choosing to keep His commandments, and by choosing to walk with Jesus each and every day of our lives. Even before God made the world he loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. (Ephesians 1:4). When we can truly internalize how much God loves us and realize the best way to thank Him for his love is to have a pure heart with a desire for Him, then we will all be better off.
As we celebrate our (Earthly) Father’s this month, let us always remember the respect and admiration that is owed to them. God commanded us to honor our fathers and our mothers that our days would be long among the earth (Exodus 20:12), so we must do just that. Regardless of whether you think it is deserved, the greatest admiration one can give is not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly, but to realize his delight is in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:1-2). We don’t get to judge who deserves to be treated fairly and who doesn’t. We simply must honor our parents if for no other reason, because God said so. I can imagine Fathers must go boldly before God to ask for direction in making great decisions for their lives, protection as they lead their families, and grace as they deal with the many burdens & responsibilities of being wonderful men of God. Dad thank you for your sacrifice(s), and Heavenly Father, thank you for being the creator of it all!