Happy Fathers Day.
I love being a Dad, I wish I could tell you about all the wonderful times I had with my Dad but, If the truth be told I can only remember only a handful of times that he spent with me and only one or two of those did he act like he wanted to be there. He was always chasing success “The next Big Deal” someone or something else always had his attention. The family suffered because of it. The really sad thing is he never found what he was looking for.
Most of what I learned from my Dad is what I didn’t want to be for my kid’s. One of the things I wanted to do for my kid’s was BE THERE, and if you have kids you need to learn this Now. I know that we have to work and have things to do but, kids would really rather just have YOU. The time you spend with your children is the most significant investment you can make, and the reward is eternal.
No matter where you are in life you can learn to be Gods man for your family. I didn’t know anything about being a Dad, so I looked for men who were doing right. They weren’t perfect men but they wanted to be and I began to imitate them. Here are Five characteristics that where evident in their lives. Philippians 2:19-30 flushes this out.
1. God’s man is a man of compassion. A man who puts relationship before results
“all the others care only for themselves.” v. 21
2. God’s man is a man of consistency. A man who puts character before conformity.
“…. Timothy has proven himself……he has served…”
3. God’s man is a man of cooperation. A man who puts cooperation before competition.
” I thought I should send Epaphroditus, My brother, co-worker, and fellow solider” v. 25
4. God’s man is a man of commitment. A man who puts the cause of Christ before comfort.
” He was ill; in fact he almost died” v. 27
5. God’s man is a man of courage. A man who puts service before security.
“…. give him honor…. for he risk his life for the work of Christ…..” v. 29-30
God’s man is a ordinary guy with extraordinary values, a man that lets the Holy Spirit guide and direct his life and thats the way I see it in my market