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Today’s guest post is by Dr. Daniel Bush, author of Live in Liberty: The Spiritual Message of Galatians and Embracing God as Father: Christian Identity in the Family of God. Dan holds a B.Sci. from Michigan Technological University, the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).
I don’t recall how the conversation turned to the topic of hair. My sister-in-law noticed I still had a full head of hair, which is nothing spectacular, except when compared to my brother, who is growing bald patches where he ought to be growing luscious locks. So, I strutted and made a joke about Rogaine, then got honest: My brother is losing hair, but what he has is dark while mine is beginning to look like winter preemptively struck—morning frost everywhere.
Gray hair means I’m getting old and tired, and one of the things I’m tired of is comparisons, which are a gentle way of judging. We compare everything: our green lawns, our athletic and academic children, our fulfilled lives, our sin, and then we use social media to prove to ourselves and others that we actually have a life, a bunch of friends, a brilliant smile, and can strike a pose with the best of them. Beneath it all, however, we’re unconsciously leveling all of these things, attempting to compare goodness. It’s mostly innocent; nevertheless, the impulse to compare goodness is as powerful as the impulse to get a cup of coffee on a frosty winter morning.
There’s one more thing making my hair grey: Bumping into the notion that following Jesus is really all about “getting better”—that is to say, Christian spirituality is about putting an end to all of our sinning.
FaithSmiles.com brings you faith-friendly videos that help you, your family, and your friends share happiness, encouragement, and the depth of God’s love. You’ll find stories that make you laugh, stories that make you weep, and more.
One of our recent favorites is this touching story of a husband who goes on the best first date ever—with a girl you’ll never expect.
“A good father will ponder: How can I be like my heavenly Father?”
Being a husband and father isn’t meant to be easy; it’s meant to be meaningful. The love between these two leads us to a glimpse of our Father’s love for us, which in turn illuminates the important role fathers and husbands are called to play (Ephesians 5:25).
Fathers’ mission–leading their families into the love of God—leaves them with big shoes to fill. The sad truth is, many dads are so overwhelmed with the task at hand that they don’t even lace up. Or maybe they trip on their shoelaces a time or two when times get tough, and then give up because they think conflict means they aren’t good at this whole dad thing. So we end up with fewer and fewer father-daughter moments and, eventually, a fatherless culture.
Remember this: God’s love never leaves or forsakes us (Deuteronomy 31:6). In order for dads to push through times of tension, they need constant encouragement. Which fathers can you encourage today? Thank them and refresh them: share this video with them, and tag them in the comments.
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