Sunday, June 15, 2008

Two Men

Two men a generation apart, as different as night and day.

One gregarious, adventurous, and spirited, fills each moment with sixty seconds of distance run. He carved provision for his family from hard, physical toil. His body built for power, much like a Belgian work horse. He taught his children through proverbs, and sayings but mostly by example. He rarely lectured, seldom spanked, never a rough hand or word. He directed with a nod, a raised brow, or gentle word. Some of his sayings, often biblical, molded my life.

"Do unto others as you would want done to you."

Live by the acronym of J-O-Y , Jesus first, others second, yourself last."

When there's a will, there's always a way.

Smile and the whole world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone.

Two wrongs, don't make a right.

No use crying over spilt milk.

There were many more.

This man, his love steady and consistent and dependable as the earth and sky.

The other man is reserved, quiet, steady, gentle and cautious. He measures his words and actions out of sensitivity to another. He serves faithfully, with the wisdom of a prophet, discernment of a King, and heart of a servant. His vision is for the future, not the day. He measures his words and actions with an eye for tomorrow. He serves, teaches, and helps his children. He recognizes his family's strengths and weaknesses. He loves in truth. He selflessly, quietly, lifts me up. He is the wind beneath my wings.

Both men, have deep faith. Both provide and protect their families. Both men love God. Both men work hard. Both men have put God first and family second. Both men have impacted my life in significant ways.

These two men sit side by side today. I am blessed and honoured. I am loved by both.

I thank God for my husband and my Dad.

If you have had a similar experience, you are blessed. Thank the men in your life that have been faithful.

God has desired that as we look at our fathers, we will see Him, our Heavenly Father. Our earthly fathers are responsible to God to lead their families, patterning after the one true God, the perfect Father.

Although all men are sons of Adam, some men are so broken, they cannot do for their own children what God asks. These dads do not protect, provide, or love.

So if your Dad could not love you as our Heavenly Father loves, look beyond and see the loving eyes of your God. Abba, Father, Daddy. Let Him love you and heal you. He will restore the years the locusts have eaten. He will never forsake you. He is faithful.


1 comment:

Belinda said...

What a beautiful tribute to the two men in your life. I loved reading it Joyful. I hope they both are blessed and honoured as they read your words.