We recently went to the beach. I got in the water with them. That is how they knew they didn’t have to be afraid. In the bathroom at the supermarket the other day, Micah did NOT want to use the hand dryer as much as I tried to show him there was nothing to be afraid of, he still didn’t want to try it. So, we will try another day. I crouched down as Rilee held on ever so tightly to show her that Fenway was our loved pet and he was kind and gentle. Although it took a few days, she warmed up to him. I had to show her I love Fenway. I had to show her so she wasn’t afraid. I am constantly having to show Micah and Rilee to enjoy the things around them and that life can be fun and not so scary. But, I have to show them. Each day is a new experience, a new lesson if you will. I have a deep love for them. I want the very best for them and for that I am willing to be “in the game” with them. I refuse to be on the sideline and just hoping they will figure things out. I refuse to let life happen without me. We live in a world that has accepted the fact that men will leave their children to be raised by Mothers and Fathers are just needed for one thing, to make the baby. I want them to know I will be with them through every part of their lives. See, God didn’t create the universe and then step back to watch us implode. He continues to work in our lives every day. Micah and Rilee need Jesus. I need Jesus. Pray that I can show them the love of the Father. I will be involved and if you see me at any time sitting on the sideline, grab me and THROW me back into the game! I will continue to show my kids that there are things they don’t need to be afraid of. To do this, I will do those things. As God disciplines us, I too have come to the reality that they need boundaries and I must discipline too. At the same time, I am a sinner and have already needed to ask them for forgiveness. I hope they catch on quickly that I am NOT a perfect father. I also know that I don’t have to be. I just need to be active in their lives and discipling them well by pointing them to Jesus every day. Being “Papa” to our children will never mean I sit silently on the sideline but I will be “in the game” being their biggest and loudest cheerleader!!
And so it is with our Heavenly Father. He showed His love to us “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus came to earth to show us true love by shedding His blood to cover our multitude of sin. He has shown me the best example of Fatherhood to follow. He is “in the game” every day with us. Thank you for your loving grace and unending mercy.