Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 11, 2019

Thought For The Week June 16, 2019

Dedicating babies and young children to the Lord is one of the most enjoyable things I have experienced as a local church pastor.  I fully believe what the Psalmist said, Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.  Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!  He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates. (Psalm 127:3-5).

I can’t think of any experience in life that has been as rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling as being a dad other than maybe leading someone to Christ.  My three children have been to me exactly what the Psalmist says.  They are a reward but for what I am not sure.  I didn’t do anything to deserve the privilege of caring for them and seeing them grow.  In that respect they are certainly a gift, a gift I could never have earned, almost as good as salvation.

As a young man my kids were truly like arrows in my hands.  They enabled me to pursue a career so that I could adequately provide for them and they were there to fill my life with pleasant times when any enemy tried to bring me down.  As I reflect on all of the stressful times of being a father, it’s actually hard to remember many.  That’s because the intense joy I have known from seeing my kids through all the stages of life has completely hidden the frustrating and hair pulling times every parent faces.

Among all the experiences in life, my family, my wife and children, have brought the greatest sense of God’s grace and peace.  Though I haven’t always made all the best decisions and certainly failed in many areas of fatherhood, I feel like a success because I sense the love coming back to me from my children.

They are now all adults, even have adult children, but the joy of fatherhood goes on.  I would not change anything about the life God has given me or the kids He so graciously gave me.  They have been a gift and continue to spark awe as we go through life as best friends.

I hope every dad will be blessed this week as the kids celebrate a day in their honor.  Where would we be without dads, even dads like me, who don’t always get it right?  Happy Father’s Day to all.  Just a thought.

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