Father’s Day is Coming, But Read This Now

Last weekend we didn’t celebrate Father’s Day, but it sure felt that way to me.

Delphos Jefferson grad Dillon Klein spent his Sunday in Cleveland with his dad, as they took in both the Indians win over the Reds and the Cavs win over the Hawks.

Elida grad Kyle Miller was with his father (and family), in Atlanta, packing up their things to bring back to Ohio as Kyle now is in San Diego playing for the Chargers and wanted his stuff in a more permanent location.

And my Dad and I made our annual trek (8th time in the last 9 years) to Indianapolis for the Indy 500. Our time together didn’t end with Juan Pablo Montoya crossing the finish line first, or the ensuing press conference. After the race, we were back in the car and headed to Lima, and then Pittsburgh the next day, so that my Dad, who now lives in Texas, could see his mom. Of the 12 hours of daylight Monday, 10 were spent in the car going to Pennsylvania and back. But it was a good 10 hours to connect and be together.

The Bible is filled with fathers. Some that were called righteous in the sight of God (Noah before the flood and Jesus’ father Joseph), and others that made major mistakes in parenting (The Priest Eli didn’t discipline his sons and at times, neither did the great King David.)

But ultimately in Scripture, we see a Father that is the ultimate example for us as Dads. Take a look at 1 John 4:8. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

What a great place to learn about how to love – from the one who is love. Scripture lists so many attributes of God the Father, that I want to encapsulate as a dad.
*God is wise (Proverbs 3:19; Romans 16:26-27; 1 Timothy 1:17)
*God is faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 89:1-8)
*God is good (Psalm 25:8; Psalm 34:8; Mark 10:18)
*God is merciful (Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 103:8-17; Daniel 9:9; Hebrews 2:17)
*God is gracious (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 103:8; 1 Peter 5:10)
*God is light (James 1:17; 1 John 1:5)
*Courtesy of Christianity.about.com

As we approach Father’s day, I encourage you to do two things. Bask in these amazing characteristics of God, and thank your Dad for all he has done in your life. I sure am thankful for how my earthly Father and my heavenly Father have loved me!