Being a dad has taught me more about the heart of God than any other circumstance in my life. We often hear that as you become a parent, you begin to understand your own parents more. We have all heard the lines “I’m becoming my dad,” or “I sound like my mom!” In my case, I’m beginning to understand trust and unconditional love on a completely different level now that I’m a dad of three amazing kids.
I strive for my children to know they can count on me for provision, comfort and help. I pray that they can trust me. Matthew 7:11 says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will our Father in heaven give to His children who ask.” This is a source of great confidence to know our powerful Father is for us, not against us.
I constantly desire to have conversations with my kids and to be involved in their lives. I want to celebrate their successes at things like piano recitals, as well as to hold them in loving arms after a hard day at school. I like to think that those are the characteristics of our father, God, who supplies all joy through His presence.
He wants us to pray to Him without ceasing. He promises to never leave us, but to walk with us in the good times and the bad. Yes—He wants a very close relationship with His kids!
Like our Heavenly Father has promised, my own dad has supported me in all of my endeavors. Thanks to him, I have never really experienced fear of failure when attempting something new, because he was always there. My dad once said, “My father, your Grandpa Morgan, always displayed an unconditional love with me. This helped for me to understand the similarities between him, my earthly father, and my Father in heaven. I have tried to model that for you and your siblings.”
A Father’s heart is something that is passed down through each generation, and hopefully nurtured and taught with care. It’s a legacy that reflects the loving heart of our Heavenly Father—a legacy that I hope to leave, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.