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Monthly Devotion

June 2024

Father's Day: Put a New Twist on an Old Tradition

This year also consider all your Heavenly Father has done for you.

Rachel Lovingood
June 10, 2019

The idea for Father's Day began when a woman heard a Mother's Day
sermon and decided that she didn't want all that her dad had done for her to
go unrecognized. When you think about Father's Day, what comes to your
mind? Can you relate to this woman who was concerned about taking her
father for granted?

Honoring fathers is important. After all, the Bible commands us to honor them,
but, this year, think of Father's Day with a new twist. Take some time to
consider all your Heavenly Father has done for you and how you might be
taking Him for granted.

God is Our Model Father
God Almighty is your Heavenly Father, and He is the perfect example of what
it means to be a dad. Looking at each of the letters that make up the word father, consider some of the characteristics that set Him apart and provide a
model for our human dads.

F Forgiveness is a huge part of your relationship with your Father. He is willing
and able to forgive you of any sin you commit if you will only ask Him. It's
comforting to know that nothing you do is ever so bad that God won't forgive
you (Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 1:9). Now, that's unconditional acceptance.


A He is active in your life all the time. God is always at work around you. Ask
God to show you what He is doing. You will be amazed at all that is going on.
More important, the invitation is open for you to get involved with Him. You
never have to wait for your turn to be active with God (John 5:17).


T Time for you. While humans get too busy to do this or that, God always has
time for you. Whenever you feel lonely, struggle with a problem, want to share

a thought, or need to deal with a concern, He is there for you. You can't find a
time in your day when He is too busy to talk or listen to you (Jeremiah 33:3).


H The heart of the matter is that God knows your heart, and He loves you
anyway. Proverbs tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things. Some
people may not want to be in your life if you make mistakes. God wants to be
with you anytime, and He alone is able to change your heart to be all you
were created to be (1 John 4:9-10,19).


E Everywhere sums up God's place in your life. If you're a Christian, there is
nowhere you can go where He isn't with you. It can be encouraging to realize
that when you are in a tough place in your life, He is right there with you.
Whether other people are there or not, God is by your side (Romans 8:35-39).


R Rest and Read. These are two areas where most people could use a little
work. Rest is important to you because it's easy to become so busy that you
don't take time with the Lord. He wants you to set aside daily time to rest in
Him and to read His Word. The Bible is His letter to His children. The best way
to get to know your Father is to spend quality time resting and reading all
about Him in His Word (John 14:21; Psalm 46:10).

All these attributes of God's character make Him who He is. If you have been
blessed with an earthly dad who has a lot in common with our Heavenly
Father, be grateful. If you have missed out on a relationship with an earthly
dad, be thankful that God is there for you and wants to meet the needs in your
life. Let God know how much He means to you.

Make Father's Day Special for Your Dad
Write a letter or make a phone call just to say, thanks. Try to get into his world for a change and spend time doing something with your dad that he enjoys.
Have a conversation that doesn't have anything to do with something
you need. Focus on all the positive things he has been in your life so far. Realize
that God has placed that person in your life for a reason and be

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