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Well, it’s another Sunday morning. Happy Father’s day to all of the dads out there. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” Exodus, 20:12 (ESV). These are the words from God that was given to Moses while on the mountain. Honoring your mother and father wasn’t a problem in my family, it was actually easy. I watched my great examples, my mom and dad show honor to their parents my whole life. Even after my grandparents passed away they still honored them by placing flowers on there graves. This was just something that my dad did, it went without questioning.

God blessed my dad with knowledge and wit. He used these tools to learn a trade and worked to meet his families needs. That was what his father did and he instilled that on my dad. He was always there when we needed him and would comfort us with his great hugs and his five o’clock shadow cheek rub that he seemed to always have even after he shaved. We were truly blessed to have such a wonderful man in our lives.

See, my dad did what he did out of love for his family and out of love for God. He was taught this by his mother and father that was taught that by theirs. I am sure my family is no exception to this, I am sure that most all of your families are the same way.  

I think of all my Uncles and cousins that have raised their families and have since found their eternal home in heaven and I see the same wonderful traits that were passed down to me have been passed down to their families also. This Knowledge has been passed down for ages, it is priceless family treasure handed down from generation to generation. It’s honestly all the handy work of our Father in heaven. We can read this truth in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV), “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

See, we follow what we have been taught as our guide, as a road map through life. We learned this from our parents, our father and mother, along with other family members that show you their love. My road map came with a Christian legend which showed me what the different symbols of life meant.  My parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles made sure it was there and was complete.

What legend have you helped layout on your children map? Is it a map that will lead them to eternal salvation? What exactly does there legend show on their maps? What we do now for our children we should have learned long ago. We know what is right and what is wrong, God taught us this through teachings from our parents. Pass this on to your children, show them with love.

To you Fathers today on Father’s day, you are the light in your children lives, you have a choice on how to guide them. Teach them to love as Christ loved, teach them to respect their parents and their elders. Teach them to walk in the warmth of our great Lord’s light. They are going to stumble, but with love you will help them recover.

I can’t seem to get this bible verse out of my head, I guess it’s in part because it is tattooed on my arm, 2 Corinthians, 5:6-9 (ESV), “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.” Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  Teach your children this, teach them to please the LORD. Their lives will be better for it that’s for sure. Here is the truth for us all, God truly loves each and every one of you and so do I…

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