Great Day For Fathers
by Noah Hefley
June 18, 2022
This Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. We will host a breakfast at church in honor of our fathers (7:30 am – 9:15 am in Fellowship Hall). Also, in worship we will take off a Sunday from our Revelation Series not only to applaud our fathers but to appeal to our fathers. I want to challenge our fathers with this: Be the father your child deserves and your Heavenly Father desires. Be a godly father. What should you do with your faith? Share with your children what they need to hear about faith and then show them how to live their faith. Do this because your children matter. They are important, and for that matter, so is your faith.
Clovis Chappell, a minister from a century back, used to tell the story of two paddlewheel boats. They left Memphis about the same time, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. As they traveled side by side, sailors from one vessel made a few remarks about the snail’s pace of the other. Words were exchanged. Challenges were made. And a race began. Competition became intense as the two boats roared through the Deep South.
One boat began falling behind. Not enough fuel. There had been plenty of coal for the trip, but not enough for a race. As the boat dropped back, an enterprising young sailor took some of the ship’s cargo and tossed it into the ovens. When the sailors saw that the supplies burned as well as the coal, they fueled their boat with the material they had been assigned to transport. They ended up winning the race, but burned up their cargo in the process.
God has entrusted cargo to us, too. Our children are our responsibility. Our job is to make sure that our cargo reaches its destination. Don’t sacrifice your cargo in pursuit of lesser goals or achievements. Your children matter. Help them reach their eternal destination. Fathers, this you do by sharing and showing your faith.
See you Sunday for a Great Day in Church on Father’s Day!
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