1 John 3:1(NLT), “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.”
How many people grow up without a Father? How many people had a Father in the home growing up but he wasn’t really there. How many people had a Father growing up, but only saw him every other weekend or so, plus summers and holidays. How many people as adults today do not have a relationship with their Father?
Many people can easily answer at least one of those questions about their Father, or multiple. No matter what our relationship is like with our earthly Father, our heavenly Father is always their!
My parents were divorced when my twin brother and I were 6 months old, and our mom received custody. I don’t remember much of my dad before the age of about 4 years old. From that age on he was there for us on the weekends, holidays and summers. But there were times in my childhood that he wasn’t there for awhile. In my teenage years, he was distant. When my brother and I were 13 years old, our Dad got a job at KBR as an Army contractor in Iraq. He worked overseas from then until we were 18 years old. During that time, he would work 6 months, come home on R&R, then go back to work. Sometimes he would work a year straight. When my brother and I were 16, midway into our sophomore year of high school, he moved in with our Dad, stepmom and little brother. Even through all this, I still looked at my Dad as a hero. You could say I idolized the man. The summer before my senior year, I too moved in with my Dad, to try to grow closer to him. Things didn’t work out. By the beginning of 2010, my twin brother and I moved in with our grandparents, on our dads side, and were set to join the active Army.
I was saved at ten years old. I knew Jesus as my savior, but something wasn’t right. I didn’t have that intimate relationship with Him. Mainly, I really only hung out with him at church and when I was in a tight spot in life. It wasn’t an everyday deal. I realized something when God changed my heart in basic training. As a kid; as an adult in the Army and after, I tried all I could to grow closer to my earthly Father, when my heavenly Father was right next to me the whole time! When I found God’s Fatherly love, my life changed! I love my Dad with all my heart. He’s not perfect. But God is. Today I don’t seek my earthly Father’s love anymore. I have fully embraced the love of my Heavenly Father! I seek Him each and every day. And every day He meets that need for a Father in my life! Not only is He my heavenly father, but He’s also my best friend. Embrace God’s love today! Seek Him!
Keep digging in God’s Word. Keep praying. Stay in Faith. Walk by the Spirit. HAVE A BLESSED AND FAVORED DAY!