Happy Father’s Day!

June 15th, 2015 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

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.

Here are some of my favorite columns and cartoons for dads and granddads:

Becoming like little children
I may be an “adult,” but I’m still just a big kid!

Cartoons on parenthood

I’m going to be a G-Daddy!
Of course we were thrilled when we learned we were going to be grandparents, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to be called “grandpa.”

My real job
Nope, it’s not writer and speaker!

The papoose-driven life
Lessons learned from a four-month-old grandaughter

The Proverbs 32 Man
This just in! Archaeologist discovers long-lost biblical passage

Son of a saint!
When godly parents have not-so-godly children

“Spray paint” parenting
The secret is thins 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

You may be a parent if . . .
. . . you’ve ever uttered one or more of these classic lines

Praying that you have a great Father’s Day weekend, whether a dad or child!

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