I was able to spend a very special day with my Dad at the church where I grew up. It was a very special time for our family as they honored him for his service through the years.
Dad is the last surviving member of the building committee that built the church where it stands today. He recalled yesterday that when they met as a committe to discuss the possibility of building, that the church had about $1,500 in the bank and many did not believe they could financially support such an undertaking. After discussing it and looking at the financial situation, they sat in silence, knowing that it seemed to be an impossible task. It was in that silence that one elderly deacon reminded the committee that if God wanted it built, then God would see that it was built. After listening to this deacon, they stepped out in faith and voted to go forward to build the church. This was the building we sat in yesterday, 52 years later.
I was thankful that this story was not lost…that Dad remembered and told it again so that we could see the hand of God from the past and how it still reaches forward in a mighty way. When stories such as this are lost, we lose a part of our spiritual heritage. I say all of this to ask, have you told your children stories from your spiritual past? Do they know about the details of your salvation? Do they know how God helped you walk by faith when the job or money just was not there? I encourage us all to be very open or to leave a journal with those stories attached so that people can see why you live life the way you live it.
The second thing I thought about yesterday was something my sister and I talked about…everything they said about our Dad was also a large part of the Dad we saw at home. He was the same no matter where he went – home, job, or church. Wow. What a test of our lives to ask ourselves if this is the way we are seen by our children. Can they say that the Dad that is seen at church is the same Dad they see at home? What about you as a Mom? Are you the same Mom on Sunday as you are the rest of the week?
Sometimes I wonder if we as Christians are trying to be good instead of trying to be godly. There is a big difference. Many people have good fathers, but some have godly fathers. What is the difference? Godly fathers know that their works and good deeds come from knowing God and following His lead. They give Him the glory through their testimony. They give Him the glory by living His word out in front of all at home, work or church. I thank God for the influence He has had on my dad.
My Dad is not perfect. But he has lived a life of integrity.
I hope, through the grace of God, to do the same.