Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

You Are Still My Hero

Father’s Day this year has now come and gone.  I spent the week before Father’s Day searching for something really special for my dad.  He is a wonderful father.  Through the years he played many roles in my life: provider, teacher, protector and disciplinarian.  He loves me unconditionally.  He has forgiven me despite my many failures.  My dad is a jokester and teased me throughout my life making for few dull moments.  When I was a little girl he was my hero; my world felt safe because of his love and steadfastness in my young life.  

 Thinking of my dad reminded me of a touching story I heard after the Denver Broncos’ lost the Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks.  Radio and television announcers talked about the loss and the Broncos’ disappointments.  One of the stories was about Bronco player, Shaun Phillips.  The radio announcer spoke about how bummed Mr. Phillips was after the game.  He texted his son saying, “I am sorry I let you down, son.”  His son texted back, “It’s ok Daddy, you’re still my hero.”

 When I heard this story my heart almost burst with emotion and tears sprung to my eyes threatening to overflow.  Even now, when I think about it, I become emotional.  My heart broke for Mr. Phillips in that moment but at the same time I was rallied by his son’s reaction and reply, “It’s ok Daddy, you’re still my hero.”  Words like these can be the most powerful things on earth to lift a heavy heart in times of disappointment.  What a special father Shaun Phillips must be to his son.  Those simple words speak volumes about the character that Shaun Phillips is building in his son.  The words also speak volumes as to what kind of influence Shaun Phillips has on his son.   

 The story paints a perfect picture of a son who has been influenced by his father in a positive way.  Every father is meant to be a hero.  Fathers are to be the protector, comforter, teacher, provider of shelter, food and other necessities for their children.  A good father is there for his children, loving, providing, teaching, spending quality time with them, talking with them, and disciplining them as necessary.  Fathers were born to exemplify good character so that same good character can be built in their sons and daughters. 

 On the other side of the coin I thought about Mr. Phillips dejection at losing the important Super Bowl game.  The loss the Broncos suffered was devastating at the time and ultimately Mr. Phillips lost sight of what the Broncos’ had accomplished in being the top AFC team to make it to the Super Bowl.  The loss changed his day and colored his world so much that he felt like he had disappointed all that love him.  The loss caused him to forget how hard he and his team played.  He forgot that every player did their best to play a good game despite mistakes that may have been made.  He forgot about taking pride in the hard work it took to make it to the most important game of the season, the Super Bowl.   

Shaun Phillips dejection and sense of failure is how some fathers must feel when they make mistakes while raising their children.  Fathering is not an easy job and fathers are not always perfect despite the joy that comes with parenting.  Mistakes will be made as a man walks along his fatherhood journey.  There is no simple how-to manual.  Just as the Broncos’ worked hard to get to the game and played hard in the game, being a father takes no less hard work.  To be a good father takes sacrifice, dedication, commitment, love and time.  Mistakes and failures are inevitable and sometimes losses and disappointments will be suffered.  However, in the end if a man stays faithful and dedicated, despite mistakes, he can ultimately hold his head high with full assurance that he did his best to be the best father possible. 

     One wonderful thing a father can do is to plant and nurture moral truths and values in their children as the Bible instructs.  This insures that children raised in the admonition of a good father and the Lord will have a solid foundation from which to build their lives when they become adults.  Deuteronomy 11:19 tells fathers to teach God’s commandments continually to their children, “And ye shall teach them to your children, talking of them, when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when thou rise up.”  When a father not only teaches his children but lives his life in such a way as to continuously instruct his children regarding God’s ways, God’s commandments and God’s love, his children are much more likely to grow up to be responsible men and women of integrity and moral character.  Even if a child later wanders from the path set before them for a season the Bible gives a wonderful promise for a father’s obedience.  Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.”  God is faithful and He keeps His word.  Your children are in God’s hands.

 There is great responsibility in being a father but there is also great honor.  It is the most important job a man will ever have.

 “Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3

 Fathers can know that they are headed in the right direction when their children think of them as heroes just as Shaun Phillips’ son did.  When they are old they will honor their fathers.  This legacy is passed down from generation to generation. 

 “Grandchildren are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”  Proverbs 17:6

 All this reminds me that God is our heavenly Father. He is the one and only perfect Father.  Because of Jesus Christ, His sacrifice and our acceptance of His free gift of salvation we are adopted as children of God.   Through our adoption God becomes our Abba (Abba Father).  The word Abba means “daddy” in Aramaic.  The term signified a close, trusting and intimate relationship between a child and his or her father.  God loves us with an everlasting love and as God’s children we have acceptance, redemption, forgiveness of sins, wisdom, favor, protection, security and purpose; the list of benefits are unending.

“for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have

believed that I came forth from the Father.”  John 16:17

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I dedicate this letter to all fathers but especially to my father.  You have been my father for 54 long years, through the good and the bad times.  There has been laughter, tears, spankings and pep talks.  You have taught me so very much and have left your mark on my life in a positive way.  I am who I am because of the values you have instilled in me from a small child.  You loved me through thick and thin.  You never left my corner and always have my back.  Dad, you are now and will always be my hero.  I love you. 

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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