There are times we are able to share with others about disciplines in our lives that we have been practicing for years; ones that have truly become habits. Other times we can simply proclaim things we are learning about. This falls into the category of the latter.
A few Saturdays ago some men gathered at our church to complete a much needed project—one that literally pertains to the warmth and comfort of our church family. A couple of these faithful fathers took their sons along as an opportunity to invest in their lives. I also had some tasks that needed attention and followed along.
The events of the day were winding down when I walked through the foyer. It occurred to me that perhaps one of the 11 year old boys would have preferred spending the day involved in another activity. The question popped out of my mouth, “So how was it? Did you enjoy the work or was it a bit of a drag?”
It’s his reply that has been plaguing my mind for several days now. “Any day with Dad is a good day. Whether we play video games or work hard, a day with Dad is a day with Dad.” I praised him for his terrific attitude and his example as these words had proceeded from his mouth in the hearing of some younger boys.
This became an opportunity for spiritual application as those young lads and I then discussed how sometimes life is very easy and enjoyable while at others we go through some really hard things. Our Heavenly Father is with us during both…..and “a day with ‘Dad’ is a day with ‘Dad’”.
One reminder from this ‘sermon in the foyer’ is to take those simple opportunities as teaching moments to invest in the lives of those around us. It could be as formal as a lesson or as simple as a comment in the hall or conversation in the car with your children’s friends. As the body of Christ we are to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom...” Colossians 3:16
Those wise words from a younger brother cause me to ponder the Father’s presence and my response to it. He is ever-present in my life and I am challenged to live in light of this truth....regardless of the circumstances.
“Any day with Dad is a good day….a day with Dad is a day with Dad.”