Daddy Where are You?

I was just thinking what I should write about, and I stumbled upon this. I wrote this last summer for our church’s newsletter. It seemed appropriate for the new year.

Just a reminder to be there for your family. Pursue the things in life that matters. As we approach this fresh new year, do not forget to set your personal, family, and spiritual goals. I have heard it said, “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.”

It is summer. School is out and it is time for vacations, family barbecues, and baseball. Well in our case with our two girls it was softball. One of our ministries this summer was helping in the dugout during the games. Beth and I would call out the batting order, dance their softball jigs with them, and high-five them. Hanging out with the girls was a lot of fun.

Most of the parents that were there were always trying to “coach” their child from the stands and to point out what they had done wrong. To counter the negative we were constantly trying to build on the positive things that they were doing. By doing this we would catch a glimpse of a smile from their faces. Sadly though some parents (mostly dads) would not come to the games. One girl that was playing outfield had a pop fly hit to her and she caught it. It was in a crucial part of the game. She came running in to replay the catch with her mom and dad only to find out that her dad had left to buy some cigarettes. One game we watched a fifteen-year-old girl stare out through the chain link fence out toward the parking lot as she awaited her step-dad to show up. She stared that entire game waiting for him to show up because he promised to come to a game. Unfortunately, he never showed up and the pain was revealed in her face how she longed for her daddy to show up.

Our parents (and us as parents) are not perfect. We are sinful, selfish, and sometimes we are not there when our children need us. Thankfully our heavenly Father is not like us. We do not have to wonder if our ‘daddy’ is going to be there through our joy and troubles. God the Father does not sleep or does he even become drowsy (Ps 121:4). His eye is always on us and he is there to “coach us” through life (Ps 32:8). He is always there for us. Also the Holy Spirit indwells believers and he is always with us (Rom 8). Jesus himself said that he would never ever ever leave us or become unfastened from us (Heb 13:5). Undeniably, our God cares about us, he is watching over us, and he will be with us always.

So we can boldly approach this new year with no fears or regrets of past failures, because our “daddy” is with us and he will never leave us.

I love famous and motivational quotes. I ran across this one this morning.

“Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that dont matter.”
Tim Kizziar (via TJ Reid)

Be Like A Child

In Mark chapter ten, parents were bringing their children to Jesus for a blessing. The disciples were rebuking the parents because they probably thought that the children would have been a distraction for them to do “real ministry”. Jesus was very displeased with the disciples’ response to the children. He said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me: do not hinder them: for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (v. 14 nasb). This was a contrast to a culture that usually looked down on children. Right before Jesus blesses the children, he tells His disciples, “Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all” (v.15 nasb).
Immediately after this incident a rich man runs up to Jesus asking what he can do to inherit eternal life. The rich man came with the preconceived idea that he was a model citizen and this assured him eternal life. Yes, he had kept most of the Law (outwardly) since his youth. Jesus loved him and said, there is one thing that you are lacking, “Sell all of your possessions and follow me.” The rich man than realizes all of his shortcomings. His true God is his possessions. The rich man leaves without the eternal life that he so searched for. Jesus than speaks about riches. It is very hard for a rich man to enter into heaven. The disciples are amazed and figured there was no chance that any of them could have eternal life. Jesus reminds them of the incident with the children. He calls them “children”. With your own works it is impossible to obtain eternal life.
Man is powerless, helpless, and without ability, when it comes to saving himself. God alone has the ability and power to give the person eternal life. An individual must come to God like a child to receive the kingdom of God. He must realize that it is God who gives the free gift of eternal life. Those who try to obtain eternal life by man’s “good works” will never ever ever enter into the kingdom of God. It is Christ alone that saves.