We all love a feel good story. Two years ago, that was the story of Ted Williams. A real life rags to riches story. Williams was at one time a famous Ohio radio announcer who became addicted to drugs and ended up begging on a street corner until one day when he was given another chance.
I remember him sharing an absolutely heart-wrenching story during a CNN interview. Ted is the father of nine children. At one point, he was so low that he actually stole food from his children.
It had been three weeks since his kids had a balanced home cooked meal. The family had just received their food stamps so they went grocery shopping. The kids were excited watching the items the family put in the cart. The kids even helped picked some items. His son had picked some grapes that they purchased. As they were entering their apartment with all of their groceries, a drug dealer offered Ted some drugs. Ted went back into their apartment as the kids were unpacking the groceries and packed them back up to return to the store so he would have money for drugs. As he was packing the groceries back up Ted recalled his son grabbing grapes and stuffing them in his mouth because if he didn’t eat them, they would get taken back.
This story is so heart-wrenching because we know this father is the opposite of what a father is supposed to be. A father is supposed to protect, provide and guide his children.
A good father is a reflection of our heavenly Father.
Doug Wilson writes in his book, Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families, “What are fathers called to? Fathers give. Fathers protect. Fathers sacrifice. Fathers are jovial and open-handed. Fathers create abundance, and if lean times come they take the leanest portion themselves and create a sense of gratitude and abundance for the rest.”
The Father we are responsible to reflect to our children is a giver. He gave His own Son so that we could have life (John 3:16). He knows how to give good gifts (Matthew 7:11; James 1:17).
Many of us will receive gifts on Father’s Day. A new tie, a hand written card, but the real question is what are you giving your kids? Are you giving them an accurate picture of your heavenly Father? I doubt many who read this blog will steal groceries from their children, but are you robbing them of the gift that God will hold you responsible to give them?
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
Dad’s – your responsibility is huge. You are to point people to your heavenly Father. This Sunday is Fathers Day. What kind of father will your children think of this Sunday? Will the thought of you cause them to worship our Father who is in heaven?