|“Let us go to the house of the Lord…”|
From time to time, we should take a look at our lives and give honor to those who have had a significant impact on our spiritual formation. I have written on several occasions in this blog how—after three years of praying earnestly that God would bring a godly man into my life—He caused Rev. Dr. David R. Mains to cross the pathway of my life in October of 1978. My friendship with David has lasted to this very day. I am grateful that in my retirement I am able to work as David’s assistant, as he and his wife, Karen, continue to service Christ and His Kingdom.
I'm also grateful to have had two other distinctly godly men in my life. The father who raised me and the father-in-law who became such an important part of my life after I married his beautiful daughter.
My dad has been home in heaven for more than 32 years. My father-in-law joined my dad in heaven 14 years ago. Though they have been gone from us all these many years, their influence remains strong and vital in my life.
Both men put God first. Every Sunday morning they proclaimed by word and deed the message of the Psalmist from Psalm 122:1:
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
So, as I get ready to attend church each week, as I have done for virtually every Sunday of my life, I celebrate the godly heritage passed down to me by my two dads.
As I do so, I am keenly aware that not everyone had the same kind of father that I had in both of these men. I grieve for you if that was the case in your life. And, I would remind you that you do have a heavenly Father who loves you with His everlasting love.
To all dads everywhere this day, I strongly encourage you to always strive to be worthy of that name “father.” Pour yourself into the lives of your children. Let nothing stand in the way of your godly example in their lives. If you do, you will please your heavenly Father and bring honor to His Name.