God’s Word for Today: Father’s Day
The man in this photo was a great and good man. He is my Dad. My life is no longer blessed to have Dad with me here on earth. And, I miss him terribly. Always and every day, he is still with me because he is my Dad.
The lessons of life that Dad taught me, more by example than by words, will carry on till my body is planted in the ground just like his. I can only hope that those valuable and wise teachings will continue through many more generations of the Carlson clan.
Did all this knowledge stick to my brain instantly when Dad shared it? Well, no. I should probably say “regretfully no”. I question, what son has ever listened and followed his Dad’s directions 100%? I mean like, only one son that I know of in the last 2017 years actually listened to his Dad.
The rest of us have made our share of our own mistakes. I am certain Dad made his too. We have tool boxes full of hard lessons learned. We have failed. I at times have failed miserably. But, thanks to Dad, my failures are learned from, stored for future reference, and put behind me. Thanks to Dad, I have also succeeded greatly. I don’t believe I ever saw Dad quit. Most important, he never quit me.
No matter how bone headed and stupid some of my actions were, Dad still loved me. Shake his head, say a few necessary words of correction, yes. But never once did I feel like he didn’t love me. Great man my Dad. Oh, how I wish you all could have met him.
Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
It must be a Dad thing, this word merciful. Both Dad and God most rightfully could have given up on me. For some reason, they didn’t. Only through my own children and grandchildren do I realize where this word merciful comes from. It is a gift God has given me. Merciful is a gift Dad gave me too. Merciful is something I gladly give to my children. Pay it forward thing I believe.
I mentioned earlier that only one son ever listened wholly and completely to his Dad. That was Jesus. What other thoughts or opinions you might have, Jesus is the only son who listened. And, there was even a point in Jesus’s life that He really wanted his Dad to change His mind.
Another secret God and Dad owned was the ability to let me choose. Even if it was the wrong choice, they knew it was the only way I would learn.
But, God knows best. Dad knew best too. Each day, I will strive to listen a little closer. I will work to restore and live by their words of wisdom. Dad wasn’t perfect, but I strongly remember him always giving it his best. That is all that God asks of us too. Give it our best.
Father’s Day is just one day a year we honor our Dad. Sunday is just one day a week we honor our Father God. Every day, we can strive to honor them. Some days will be better than others. We must try…………….. Amen and amen.