As this Father’s Day comes to a close I trust each of you had an enjoyable day with your family as well as church family. What a great time we had as we celebrated this special occasion in both Beckley and Abingdon. Our Father’s Day started in the Beckley worship service and was highlighted for me personally when the boys conveyed why their dad was the greatest. Brendan said that his dad was the greatest because “he eats doughnuts.” Logan said his dad was the greatest because “he takes me to the park.” Now friend, that’s balance; doughnuts and the park!
In Abingdon we had a wonderful worship service and then a “Father’s Day Chat.” In the course of that “chat” I conveyed a story that I want to share with you today. There was a man walking through the snow to a local bar for another drink. As he was walking, he heard a voice from behind him. His son yelled, “Dad don’t walk so big because I am following in your footprints.” He turned aside to see his son taking giant steps trying to step where he had stepped in the snow. This touched the man’s heart as he knew where the footsteps were leading his son. Tears flowed down his cheeks as he bowed in the snow & asked God to save him and change his life because his son was following in his footsteps. Certainly as fathers, we have a job to do. Most likely someone is following in our footsteps. We need to be certain those steps are leading them in the right direction.
One survey that I have read says that if the mother is the first to become a Christian in a household, there is a 17% probability that everyone in the household will follow. However, if the father is the first to become a Christian in a household, there is a 93% probability that everyone in the household will follow. Men were designed to be leaders and I trust we are leading in the path of truth.
In Genesis 7:1 the Bible says “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” Joshua said “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). As fathers, there are some decisions that we need to make for our house. The decision to lead them in the ways of righteousness. There are some things we should not permit in our homes. There are some decisions that the children are not knowledgeable or responsible enough to make and therefore it becomes our responsibility. Of Abraham God said “I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Gen. 18:19). There is a strong usage of words in this passage. Namely the word “command.” Notice also it says “command his children and his household.”
My challenge to the men that may be reading this post today is to make the decision to do right for yourself first, and then based on sound principles found in the Word of God, make some good choices for your family. In short, live right and lead right. Someone is counting on you!
I close with a familiar poem:
The Little Chap That Follows Me
A careful man I must always be;
A little fellow follows me.
I know I dare not go astray
For fear he’ll go the self same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate’er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he’s going to be;
The little chap who follows me.
He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.
I must be careful as I go
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,
Because I’m building for the years to be;
This little chap who follows me.