1997-06-14 - Father's Day
Hi everyone. Usually on Saturdays, Rick does a devotional. But today's devotional is a little different. You see, Rick has been helping out a special family. And that family wanted to pay tribute to him, with Father's Day being tomorrow. So here is, in the words of those children -- via their Mom Sandy (not our devo writer Sandi) what they feel about Rick, who is like a father to them.
I love you, this mens (means) I love you. I cood (could) give you five resins (reasons) why I love you dad, You are a crishtin (Christian) and you love me and my mom and brothers so much and you are a Jesus freek (freak) and you read the bibil (bible) alot and you are nice.
Romans 8:15 "For you received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear ;but ye received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
Daddy … Abba … Father …
Jenny is seven. She wanted to write something for Rick for Father's Day. She knows this is his first "Father's Day" so she was very careful to express what she felt so her note would be special. She asked me to read it, because she still does not spell very well and likes to make sure you can read what she writes.
She says "I love you … this means I love you." Kids are so neat … they are so honest. If they say they love you … they mean it. It is an innocent love, a trusting love, a love she easily expresses towards Rick, her "Dad" because she knows he loves her. It makes such a difference in our lives when we know our father loves us.
1 John 3:1 " Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the children of God."
"You are a Christian." It makes a difference to her even at the young age of seven. She knows that there is something different about Rick. Jenny lived with a father who was not a Christian. About two months after Rick came here, Jenny committed her life to Christ. I am reminded of the words of an old song, "you know I'm gonna be like you Dad, you know I'm gonna be like you …"
I am glad Rick wants to be like Jesus … and Jenny wants to be like Rick. Ephesians 5:1 " Be ye therefore imitators of God as beloved children and walk in love even as Christ also loved you …"
"You love me and my mom and my brothers so much". She knows the difference between living in a house filled with love and one that is not. It is said that a mother sets the "tone" of a house, guess who sets the "tone" of a woman? Not only mom and Jenny but three young boys also look up to Dad to guide them, to teach them, to discipline them, to disciple them and most of all to love them.
Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love suffereth long and is kind love envieth not love vaunteth not itself is not puffed up doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not it's own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil rejoiceth not in unrighteousness but rejoiceth with the truth beareth all things endureth all things …"
"You are a Jesus freak." Says a mouthful doesn't it?
"You read your Bible a lot." Funny the stuff kids notice … they always see what we don't want them too and off course there is the "selective comprehension " thing. But you know they will learn far more by what we do than what we say.
Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or in deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him."
"You are nice." Sometimes to really understand what a child is saying you have to hear what they are not saying. "Seek first to understand … means suspending your own needs to be understood, long enough to fully understand someone else." Stephen Covey
As a mother, I cannot tell you what it means to know that my children are so well-loved by the man they call "Daddy". I am overwhelmed by his love for God, by his ability to put others before himself and comforted by his leadership. He is a daily reminder to us of the love of God.