When asked to name his favorite day, Mark said, “The day I went fishing with my dad.”
On hearing this, Mark’s father thumbed through a journal he kept. On the day his son spoke of, he had written, “Took my son fishing. Wasted the whole day.” The father’s heart was crushed, and he was convicted, thinking of that day as wasted.
I believe one of my son’s favorite memories would be the many times his dad helped him deliver newspapers on cold icy days when the snow was too deep for a bicycle to plow through. Most of those times occurred after his dad had put in a full day at work.
Our children don’t remember the big expensive things but rather those times when we showed our love through being available. Parenting isn’t an easy job, but it is rewarding when we allow God to guide us as we guide our children.
From Genesis to Revelation, we read examples of how God the Father guides and loves His children. In the Old Testament, He guided the Israelites for forty years through the wilderness before leading them into the Promised Land of milk and honey. In the New Testament, God the Father gave the greatest gift to the world: His Son.
Have you asked this loving and guiding Father to come into your life? Unlike Mark’s earthly father, He will never grow weary of spending time with you.
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