This morning, I had the distinct honor of spending the morning having doughnuts with two of my sons at their school. Along with us was about twenty-five other dads with their children. The morning started out with the kids singing a couple songs to us dads and prayer. We were given little balsa wood airplanes that our kids had made and decorated. We were told that the Cross in the cockpit was to remind us that Jesus was to be the pilot of the plane that symbolized our lives.
The Early Childhood Development Director asked a pilot from the 403rd Wing of the United States Air Force Reserve. The young Air Force Major began to speak about how busy we as dads can be with our many roles in life. He reminded us often we get so wrapped up in Honey-Do lists, work projects that keep us late, business travel, maintenance responsibilities of the household, etc. Admitting his own shortcomings, he reminded us that somewhere in the midst of all that distraction, were little hearts that need their daddy. He urged us to make the time to engage our children in those various roles of responsibilities in the manner of Jesus.
Later, as I had a chance to better admire my sons’ creativity, I noticed there had been a scripture reference pasted on the wing:
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) “…let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” the verse goes on to say: “…the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at he the right hand of the throne of God.”
Wow! This verse from Hebrews tells us to constantly look to Jesus. He was the willing example of how we should be, that He happily went to the cross and all the it entailed, then took his place of honor with God. Everyday, in the midst of all the different demands for our focus, including caring for our precious little treasures (crumb snatchers), we should constantly use Jesus’ example and leave our old ways at the cross. That is the truly the honorable way to go.
So guys, go be the daddy for whom Jesus set the example. Even though we may have many different motives and desires to the contrary, leave them aside as dead and take up the honorable path.
God Bless, Be Safe,