I’m a Dad to 4 people. I re-read that short sentence and cringe, chuckle, and almost cry. I have four lives that are watching mine; first trustingly, then critically, then (hopefully) faithfully following. I believe that we need to be able to say to our kids more than to anyone else: “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Believe me, this is NOT something I have attained but it is always something I’m reaching for.
Tonight, I’ll be taking my oldest daughter (13) out for a date. As a pastor, I’ve been invited to a special pre-release screening of “Soul Surfer” a movie based on the story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenager surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack. I’m definitely excited about seeing the film, but I’m even more excited about who I’m seeing it with.
I love my oldest daughter immensely and I love spending time with her. We laugh a lot and I do my very best to speak God’s truth into her life. I can see within her a blossoming young woman of God and the only thing I want for her is to be an unashamed lover of Jesus. The rest of the details of her life take a second place to that one desire.
I think I’ll go get some flowers for tonight.