Being a father is one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. The joy of seeing my kids grow and learn and develop character is beyond description. I would say that being a father/parent is the 3rd greatest gift that God gives a person (the 1st being salvation/relationship with Him and the 2nd being marriage) but I have found that this gift comes in many packages.
Aside from all the joyous things I mentioned above, there is another aspect of being a parent that I consider to be a tremendous gift. That gift is the lessons you can learn about your relationship with the Heavenly Father by being a father (or mother). Let me explain what I mean.
From time to time my kids can push my buttons. (I know that’s hard to believe) Here’s an example. One day I told my daughter to do something and being the typical 9 year old that she is she began to argue with me, questioning why she had to do whatever it was I had told her to do. After a minute or so I became so aggrevated that I said to her, “Why can’t you just do what you are supposed to do?” As soon as the words came from my mouth I felt a Spiritual slap to the back of my head and I could hear those same words being directed toward me from the Father up in Heaven. It was a humbling experience and one that has stuck with me.
Parents, let me encourage you. The next time you are disciplining your children; the next time you are instructing them on the proper way to act; the next time you are picking them up after they fall down; the next time you are taking care of them when they are sick; the next time you allow them to make a mistake and learn on their own; the next time you wrap your arms around your kids to protect them and show them you love them, remember this-how much more would your Father in Heaven do this for you. And when your children are disobeying you, think about how much more you are disobeying your Father in Heaven.
“This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.” 1 John 3:10
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:9-11