So, what I want to talk about today is Fathers. Everyone has one, whether they were raised by one or not, or like mine, is leader of the family. They are very important people in our lives. (I don’t mean to bash mothers or anything, but the title does say “Fathers”).
Did you know:
-85% of children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes? [Center for Disease Control]
-Fatherless boys and girls are: -twice as likely to drop out of high school;
-twice as likely to end up in jail;
-four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavior problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999]
We went on local outreach to a rehab (getting out of drugs and alcohol) center and some of the boys there gave their testimonies. Many of them talked about the fact that their fathers never helped raise them. One young man named “Jorge” said he never knew his dad. He talked about how much it hurt that he didn’t have a father who took him to the park, picked him up from school, or celebrated Christmas with him. Another guy’s mother broke up with three different men by the time he was fourteen. When he actually found his biological father, he described how he jumped up and down and screamed,
“YES, I HAVE A DAD!!!!” He was fourteen years old. He stayed with his newly-found dad for three months. One day he got a text message from his father saying,
“You have to find another place to live.” He went into a deep depression, and was about to get heavy into drugs, so his mom sent him to the rehab center.
I wonder how these guys’ lives could be different if they had Godly dads?
I’ve taken some time to talk about earthly fathers, but now I’m going to talk about our spiritual Father, God. The speaker for this week was a great man of God. Three times, God raised people from the dead through him. He said that when you’re little and your dad’s driving, you don’t sit in the back seat worrying. You don’t ask,
“Do you have enough gas?” or “Have you changed the oil?” or “How’s the transmission?”
Kids just enjoy the ride. They don’t ask,
“Are you sure you know where you’re going?” “Do you need me to help you find the way?”
They don’t ask those questions because they know “Pops” has got it under control. It’s the same thing with God. It’s hard sometimes, and we want to ask Him a bunch of questions. But, just like riding in the car on a trip with Dad, we need to trust God in EVERYTHING!