Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there! I feel like dad's sometimes get the short end of the stick on Father's Day at church. It seems Mother's Day sermons are always about how great mom's are, and Father's Day sermons are about how dad's need to step it up.
So today, I'm honoring the dads in my life. I'd like to tell you about a few men who are father's who have influenced my life for the better.
Papa Bob -My Dad! Where do I even begin. This man loved me during my teenage years, so he definitely deserves a prize! I always told my dad growing up that out of all my friends' dads, I was glad God gave me him. My dad made sure he made it to every basketball game, volleyball game, track meet, orchestra concert, and any and every other event I was in. He put 10s of thousands of miles on our cars driving all over the state of Nebraska to watch us compete. My dad worked harder than anyone else I knew. And yet, after a 10 hour day, we could still convince him to go outside and shoot baskets with us after dinner.
Things I'll never forget my dad telling me:
“When you go up for a rebound, you have to grab the ball like you're going to squeeze the air out of it!” He told me this before every one of my basketball games for eight years! Thanks, Dad!
When a smoking or beer commercial came on TV when I was about ten years old, my dad said, “Faith, don't drink and don't do drugs!” I simply said, “OK!” If Dad told me not to, I definitely wasn't going to. So that was the end of that!
“Knowing and doing are two different things.” I heard this often when he reminded me to do my chores and I answered, “I know, Dad!”
“I love you!” My dad was and still is always great at telling me he loves me.
“Good luck! I hope you can handle her!” This is what my dad told Carl when Carl asked him if we could get married. (I love this guy!)
Justin – my big brother: My brother and I are only 15 months apart, which means we spent lots of time together as young kids. I remember playing with tractors on our brown carpet. I was the biggest field you could imagine for our small toy tractors and combines. We played baseball, basketball, football and a million other games in our backyard. My brother and I loved to make everything a competition. One time we even borrowed the neighbor's lawn mower and raced each other mowing the backyard. My brother taught me to work hard and not to make excuses. He taught me that hard work trumps talent in the end, and he inspired me to compete in my first triathlon three summers ago.
Now as a husband and a father, he is instilling in his kiddos the importance of hard work and perseverence. I am proud to call him my brother. As the younger sister I always wanted to impress him, but in the end he has impressed me. Thanks for investing in me!
Carl – my sweet husband: I met Carl four years ago and this fall we will celebrate our second anniversary! I've always said that I married Carl because he has the biggest heart of anyone I know, and now that I get to see him with our little girl everyday, I see that heart growing bigger and bigger. Carl is a gentle giant. He loves me when I'm difficult to love. He reminds me that we are in this thing called “life” together. He is great at washing bottle, changing diapers and giving baths. One of my favorite things right now is the way Janie Lou looks at him. When he is the room, she completely forgets about me. She fixes her eyes on him and follows his every move. She listens intently to everything he says.
Carl, my prayer for our family is that as JL grows her eyes will move from being fixed on you to being fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith. I pray that you and I can demonstrate to her the love Jesus has for her and by our example, she will fall in love with her Savior.
I love you, Sweetheart! I'm so glad you picked me to be on your team!
God – my heavenly Father: God, thank you for loving me more than I deserve. Thank you for giving me life when my heart was dead. Thank you for sacrificing your Son, so that I could have life. Thank you for giving me an amazing family. You have blessed me beyond anything I could have imagined. I am honored to be your daughter. I pray that I can love you in such a way that generations after me will know your love for them.
As a Father you have counseled me, held my hand through difficult times, wrapped me in your arms of love when I wanted to give up, given me courage to face each day, given me eternal and abundant life, and so much more. You have given my life hope and meaning. Today, I say “thank you.” I pray you are honored by the life and the talents you have given me. I give them back to you for your use and service. May you be glorified in my life.
Who are you honoring today? I would love to hear it!!!