Your Father’s Shoes

ShoesWhen I was in fourth grade we were given a writing assignment.  We were asked to write about a typical day the shoes of our father has.  So off I went writing.  (Actual writing pictured to the left.)  I think I got a C+.  There was one day I came home from school and found my father’s work boot in the garage covered with blood.  Due to one of the hazards of working with glass I later found out a piece had broken and it cut the main artery in his leg.   He stayed home while it healed, but I never thought about growing up and doing what my father did for a living.

In biblical days a young man would fill his father’s shoes and eventually carry on the family business.  Even Jesus when he was young learned to be a carpenter, but when he got older he begin to do the work of God, his real father.

Luke 2:49  And he said unto them, Why were you looking for me? Don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?

Now I am older.  I too want to be doing my heavenly Father’s business.  I want to be like his son Jesus, doing what God wants me to do to advance his kingdom.  Oh, and there was one day when Jesus’ work shoes were bloody too.  One of the hazards of being a savior, the Messiah, and dying to cover the sins of others.

Who’s Your Daddy?

DadWith today being Father’s Day I naturally started thinking about my earthly father.  He is very funny.  He can be extremely generous, and he is absolutely the best fisherman I know.  When he goes fishing at the lake he catches so many when he gets done the water level is lower.  Seriously he has been known to catch 95 sand bass in one outing by himself.  I am definitely like my earthly father in several ways.

Then my thoughts turned to my heavenly Father.  I was made in His image, but am I like Him?  I feel God has a sense of humor, but I know for sure He is loving, He is kind, He is longsuffering, He remembers no wrongs, and He is patient, as well as other perfect qualities.  Out of my two fathers I desire mostly to be like my heavenly Father.

In Romans 8:15 it says we cry out to God by saying, “Abba Father”, which translates as “Daddy God”.

Some people have a pretty bad earthly father.  In no way should our heavenly Father be compared to our earthly fathers.  Earthly fathers, at least on this side of heaven, can let you down, say things that hurt, or do other things we don’t like.  If you have been hurt by your earthly father you can certainly turn to your Daddy God.  He can heal you, help you understand things.  He is always there for you.  On this day and everyday remember your heavenly Father.