I am a failure. Everyone around me knows it, but it’s still a little embarrassing to admit it. Though none of us should be content at failing, we shouldn’t be condemned by failure either.
For most guys, failure is about as well received as a dentist appointment. We hate it. The tendency and temptation when faced with the fear of failure, is to become angry, grow distant, work hard at faking it, or just flat out deny it. But at some point, we need to let the grace of God free us from trying so hard to be a faultless father.
I don’t always do devotions every night.
I am not always kind.
Patience and joy are sometimes elusive at the end of a day.
I don’t always listen intently.
I have to fight to be fully present at times.
I am a failure.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not a deadbeat dad who doesn’t love or lead his family. I certainly do plenty that’s right – more than my wrong (I think). But the good news is that we have a Savior who parents with perfection.
He always does what is good, right, and wise.
His character never changes.
He is slow to anger, compassionate, and abounding in love.
He turns His ear to us when we call to Him.
He came to be with us and for us
By grace, and through faith, His record becomes ours.
“It is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.” -Charles Spurgeon
I will never be a perfect father to my sons. But the good news is that I can point them to a Father who is. He is a Father who loved me in the middle of my sin by giving me His son (Romans 5:8). In Christ, I boast about Jesus’ record, not my own. I boast about a Father who did not withhold His own Son so that I could become one of His very own.
May God’s faithful and faultless love for you lead you to walk more closely, depend more deeply, and trust more completely. As you remain and rest in His affection for you, may His heart and character become your own. And may you be a dad who continually leads your sons to the “throne of God’s grace,” so that they too, may find mercy and grace in their time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Pat, The Dig for Kids