Sunday, June 19, 2016

Da Da

“Da da!” The first words muttered by the precious, innocent baby. She could barely walk and understand her surroundings. Yet, she knew there was something powerful about her daddy. She saw him enough to identify him. Whether there was a biological connection or not, she knew there was something special and powerful about him.

Daddies are leaders. Daddies are protectors. Daddies are developers. Daddies are encourages. Daddies are teachers. She knew that when her daddy was around, she would be the center of his attention. He would teach her ho to value herself. No one would be able to hurt her, physically or emotionally. She knew that her daddy would help her define the woman, wife, and mother she would later become.  Her daddy would always affirm her. He would support her and lead her forward down the best paths.  Daddy would be an example of how she should expect people to treat her. That expectation would become a demand.

This father-daughter relationship is one of the most meaningful earthly relationships that can develop. In many cases, it serves as the catalyst for the Father-daughter relationship. In other words, how females relate to their earthly fathers can have a conscious or unconscious impact on how they relate to their spiritual Father. Whether the earthly relationship is good, bad or indifferent, it’s important to reinforce that the relationships can be separate and distinct from each other. The love and benefits of the heavenly Father are non-contingent on that received from earthly fathers. Romans 8:15-17 tells us, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Aba Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

On this Father’s Day, there is so much to celebrate. Earthly fathers usually receive most of the recognition, but take some time out of the day to celebrate the head of all. After all, when all else fails, the heavenly Father is always there. He has promised to never leave nor forsake. He sees all and he knows all. He wants to bless his children immeasurably.  He walks along every life journey. Embrace and celebrate Him today!

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