By Lisa Karon Richardson
Modern society has given fathers a bad rap. Fatherhood has been undermined as a valid role for a generation or more with men being portrayed as dim-witted and lazy in much need of guidance from their long-suffering wives. Of course this mindset has become so accepted that it is the norm.
It’s a shame because fathers play a vital role in raising children who are emotionally and mentally well-rounded. I was blessed to have an amazing father who lived out his Christianity. His example has guided me. My husband is also a great father to our children.
But what of those who may not have been blessed in that way.
Studies have shown that when the “unchurched” are asked to describe God, people most often ascribe to Him attributes of their own fathers. That’s all well and good if you had a good father, but how does that work for those who had an abusive dad, or whose only experience with a dad is television portrayals?
How does one move from the formal acknowledgment of a father to running into the arms of our Abba Daddy?
I wish I had more answers on that score.
All I know is that the Word invites us to taste and see that the Lord is good. The more we experience relationship with Him, the more we discover for ourselves what He is all about. He calls himself Comforter, Counselor, and Advocate. I can attest that He is all those and much much more.
If you know God as your Abba, I hope you will take time to tell him how much you appreciate him today. If you don't know HIm that well, I hope you will draw closer to him. I guarantee he is ready and waiting to draw you into relationship. And he won't let you down.
Being a Daddy is hard work, and they don’t get nearly enough credit. My hat’s off to all the dads who love and support their families. You are heroes.
What is your fondest memory of your father? If you didn’t have a great earthly dad, do you think that every colored your perception of God?
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in October, 2012 followed shortly thereafter by The Magistrate’s Folly in November.