Happy Father’s Day!
For Father’s Day, I am dedicating this post to my dad!
My dad is the one who taught me about God, the one who showed me Jesus first, and the one who has been an example to me in my journey.
He has an amazing testimony! A testimony of dedication, perseverance, and love. He is one of the strongest men I know and my proof that God can transform the renewing of people’s minds (Romans 12:1). Because of him, I will forever know God.
WHO IS MY DAD?
My dad is Mark. He is the oldest of his brothers. He is a son, husband, and father to three.
Dad is redeemed by Christ. I don’t want to go into details but as a child, I feared him. However, one day, when I was a freshman in high school, my family came to a crossroads. In that moment my dad, the head of the house and spiritual leader of our
family, had to make a decision: stay on the path we were on or turn to make a change. He chose to turn … only later did I realize, he didn’t just make a change in direction, he made the right turn, toward God.
Who is my dad? My dad is a son of the King of the Universe. While he isn’t perfect,
he did his very best to parent like Proverbs 22:6, “start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
While my dad made some unfortunate choices during my childhood, I want to say, we forgave each other. After the decision was made to make the turn toward God, within weeks I saw a change in him. He threw himself into his Bible and made stronger connections at church. Dad became an Ephesians 6:4 dad: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Even though the first part of the verse came later in his parenting, it was the combination of his instruction and redemption that actually impacted me. Watching Jesus Christ change him from the man I feared to a father I respect, deeply influenced my walk and relationship with God.
Over months I watched him pray and study. I witnessed God slowly transform him into the man He always intended him to be. His anger melted away, his attitudes and reactions towards us improved. Dad developed a sort-of soft-strength; he was gentle and loving while firm and strict. Because of what God did within my dad, I believe that people can change.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
The changes that were made were in his studying habits and church relationships, but also as a husband and father. My dad started treating us (me and my siblings) the way I think God intended for us to be treated. For me personally, I remember Dad and I going to the mall, he walked around to open my door to offer me his arm. As a teenager, I should have been mortified, but as a proud daughter, I happily accepted. It is a memory I cling to with my heart. Those are the moments that I want to remember.
DAD’S COMPASSION for me IS A REFLECTION OF GOD’S COMPASSION FOR HIM
My dad is a man chasing after God’s heart. He takes his faith seriously. In everything he does – and I mean everything – he tries to do good. He desires for people to see the joy of Jesus in him. Dad works really hard to take care of my mom and still dedicates time to serving his church family. There is a genuine and sincere will to share God’s love.
Like God’s love is unconditional, my dad puts energy into loving unconditionally. You see, I have done some things in my life that he didn’t like. (Sorry, I’m not ready to share that part of my testimony just yet.) However, through it all, he was kind and still willing to talk to me … he still tells me he loves me. With everything he and I have been through, since the right turn, he never stopped showing me compassion. Like God in Psalm 103:13, “as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
MY FATHER’S LOVE SHINES THROUGH MY DAD’S LIFE
Who is my dad? He is a son of the King of the universe. And while his life has been far from perfect, his testimony is one of power and filled with God’s grace and love. That’s why my first Father’s Day post is dedicated to Dad. His example is one that I trust because I watched the transformation myself. So, I ‘stand here’ to boldly proclaim that God is the God of unconditional love and second chances. My father’s example has been one of dedication, perseverance, grace, and mercy. The love of my God shines through the life of my dad.
I love you, Dad.
Happy Father’s Day!
*Hugs and loves y’all*