HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Me and My Daughter, Jennifer
And with my two sons---Jim and Eric
A Father’s Day story by my friend Dr. Glenn Mollette expresses my thoughts very well, I would like to share this with you.
Father's Day - spend time with your children
By Glenn Mollette
I wish I had been a better father. I wonder if anybody else has felt this way?
It seems like yesterday that my two beautiful sons Jared and Zachary were only small children. What happened to those days when we played in the yard, swam,
or just spent time together? The days of telling silly nighttime stories, tucking them in bed and just hanging out flew by faster than a breath of air on a frosty day. If I could reach back and pull a few of those days back to the present I would stop the clock and savor every moment of those beautiful childhood years.
I've heard that fathers on their deathbeds do not wish they had spent more time at the office. Most fathers do regret not spending more time with their families.
We get preoccupied as dads. I've heard great spiritual leaders like Billy Graham and Charles Stanley talk about being totally preoccupied and consumed with their speaking, writing and vocational interests to the point that they knew they had neglected their families.
It's not easy being a dad. We know we have to bring payroll into the house, keep a roof over the family and try to keep the family fed. In and around those daily duties there are the desires to give to your children. We want them to do well in school and enjoy music and sports. Dads want to provide vacations, an occasional fun weekend, and comforts to the family. Often the stresses of work, personal goals and life's problems make dad's life a juggling act.
Most every dad feels the pride of fatherhood. I was right "there" when both of my sons were born. I leaped for joy on both of those occasions. I have leaped many times since. My two sons are now in the military. My oldest has served almost eleven years and my youngest is starting his fourth year. I am very proud of them both. While I can't go back and try to be all that I wish I had been for my kids I can keep trying today. I never miss a chance to hug and kiss them and tell them how much I love them. More than ever I want to spend quality time with them but now the time is relegated to a few days a year.
In the remaining years of my fatherhood I want them to know I am on their side. I am their father regardless of what comes their way. I am here to help if I possibly can but will always encourage their independence and personal goal setting. I want them to be happy and fulfilled. I know time is passing.
My dad passed on several years ago. He lived to be eighty-five. However, life was quick and the time we had together seems like a vapor, here for a moment and then gone.
Dads, today, before the vapor of life is gone, do the most important thing that you can do for your children - spend time with them.
James 4:14 "You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes away."
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1 SAMUEL 18:20-21
“NOW SAUL’S DAUGHTER MICHAL WAS IN LOVE WITH DAVID, AND WHEN THEY TOLD SAUL ABOUT IT, HE WAS PLEASED. ‘I WILL GIVE HER TO HIM,’ HE THOUGHT, ‘SO THAT SHE MAY BE A SNARE TO HIM AND SO THAT THE HAND OF THE PHILISTINES MAY BE AGAINST HIM.’ SO SAUL SAID TO DAVID, ‘NOW YOU HAVE A SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME MY SON-IN-LAW.’”
THE ___________ CAN BE PAINFUL, BUT THE RESULTS: _______________ EMOTIONAL BONES
ISAIAH 41:10 (p. 513) “DO NOT FEAR, FOR I AM WITH YOU; DO NOT BE DISMAYED, FOR I AM YOUR GOD. I WILL STRENGTH YOU AND HELP YOU; I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND.”
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•THEY KEEP OUR ________________HORIZONTAL
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2.HIS WIFE (1 SAMUEL 19:8-10)
3.HIS MENTOR (1 SAMUEL 19)
4.HIS FRIENDS (1 SAMUEL 20)
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Love and Be Loved, (Well worth reading)
by Mac Anderson
I recently had dinner with someone who told me that one of his best friends had been killed in a private plane crash. Something happened at the service that he’ll never forget:
At the memorial service, his friend’s wife walked to the podium to speak to the gathering. She said a friend had asked her the best memory she had of their life together. At the moment, she had been too grief-stricken to answer, but she thought about it since and wanted to answer the question.
They were in their late forties when he died, and she began talking about a time in their lives almost twenty years earlier. She had quit her job to obtain her master’s degree, and her husband never wavered in his support.
He held down his own job and also did the cooking, cleaning, and other household chores while she studied for her degree.
One time, they both stayed up all night. She was finishing her thesis and he was preparing for an important business meeting. That morning, she walked out on their loft, looked at him over the railing, and just thought about how much she loved him. She knew how important this meeting was to his career, and she was feeling guilty that she didn’t even have time to make his breakfast. He grabbed his briefcase and hurried out. She heard the garage door open and close, but much to her surprise, she heard it open again about thirty seconds later. From above, she watched her husband dash into the house and walk over to the neglected coffee table. Tracing his finger through the dust, he wrote the words “I love you.” Then he raced back to his car.
The new widow then looked out at her audience and said, “John and I had a wonderful life together. We have been around the world several times; we’ve had everything money can buy…but nothing comes close to that moment.”
Our lives move with lightning speed. It feels like yesterday that I graduated from college…and now forty years have passed. Although I’m very proud of my business accomplishments, in the end, my life comes back to loving and being loved.
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