June 12, 2016
Hi, I’m Jim. Welcome to my weekly online magazine. It’s just one week to Father’s Day, so here here’s my salute to dads.
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God is a proud father
You can always spot a new father. He’s the one with the high-priced digital camera, an “It’s a Girl/Boy” button pinned to his chest, and a look-what-I-did grin on his face.
It’s hard to believe it been over 35 years since my last trip to the maternity ward for the birth of Faith and Paul, but my pride in my children has never been greater. We have a hallway of childhood and adult photos, words of their wisdom in my journal and 35 years worth of Father’s Day cards in our fire-proof file.
According to the prophet Zephaniah, God is also proud parent:
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Wow! God the Father takes “delight” in his children. He “rejoices” over them “with singing.”
In Job, we find that God is boasting about his child to Satan. And Jesus reminds us that there is rejoicing in the eternal maternity ward when just one sinner is “born again.”
God delights in our praises, just as we delight in handmade cards and special gifts. (I now have a “Hello Kitty” gift bag that is filled with wonderful heartfelt gifts from my grandkiddos.) He also delights in who we are!
He must have that look-what-I-did when we come to him as humble children. And while we are singing praise choruses, he rejoices over us with his own chorus of praise.
Originally appeared in Light from the Word in 1991.
Archaeologist discovers ‘Proverbs 32 Man’ manuscript
This just in! Archaeologist discovers long-lost “Proverbs 32 Man” passage. I am pleased to post this exclusive excerpt just in time for Father’s Day:
Who can find a virtuous man, for his price is far above a Hollywood hunk’s movie deal.
The heart of his wife doth safely trust in him, for his Internet browser history is free of anything degrading unto her or unto other women.
He shall do her no harm, so that she need not fear unfaithfulness or violence all the days of her life.
He worketh hard to provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of his household.
He is like a FedEx truck bringing food and household products from afar. [Continue reading]
But wait! There’s more . . .
Here are some of my favorite Father’s Day columns from the archives:
• My real job
Nope, it’s not writer and speaker
• The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter
• Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children
• “Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thin coats of moral and ethical lessons
• Talking to your kids about S-E-X
Children will learn about sex—from us—or the bus!
• Talking to children about war, terrorism, school violence . . .
It’s a frightening time to be a child—and a parent
• Top ten things my dad taught me
(Yep, that’s my dad above.)
• You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines
Cartoon of the week
Quips and quotations on fatherhood
You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out. Jerry Seinfeld
My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic. Bob Odenkirk
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain
The only way I can describe [fatherhood]—it sounds stupid, but—at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time. Matt Damon
When you have kids, there’s no such thing as quality time. There’s just time. There’s no, “Ooh, his graduation’s better than going to the mall.” It’s all kind of equal. Changing her diaper and her winning a contest—it’s all good. Chris Rock
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham
Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.
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