Like my Dad?


My friend, may I ask you a question? Does it take courage for you and I to put ourselves into God’s shoes and walk the walk our Savior walked? There’s risk when we take a path that others might deem foolish or dangerous. But, in the end, can there be any better role model than Christ? Besides, how dangerous can it be when it’s His lap we’re sitting on?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

When I was growing up, like most boys, my Dad was the most important man in my life. I guess you could say he was my boyhood hero. Oh, there were others; Roy Rogers, Hop-A-Long Cassidy, Bart Starr and a long list of runners-up. But, my Dad was real and all of these role models were only real on the television screen. Although my Dad is long gone, he still has an influence on my life. The way I hold a hammer is the way my Dad held a hammer. I notice more and more of my Dad’s mannerisms as I get older. His imprint is large in my life. I guess that’s only natural. I don’t think my Dad really thought much about his importance that way; that wasn’t like him. But, who I am and what I am becoming is largely due to what I observed in him and about him.

Here’s a story: Little, nine-year old Matty’s father drives one of those huge big-rig trucks and recently Matty was riding in the cab with him. Then the unexpected happened. His father had a seizure and lost consciousness at the wheel, and the truck veered into oncoming traffic and struck a utility pole. When Matty saw his father had collapsed he climbed across his dad and into the driver’s seat. Steering the big truck back into its lanes, he had the presence of mind to get on the truck’s C.B. radio to ask what he should do. Somebody heard his plea for help and told him to turn off the ignition key. He did that. The rig began to slow down and eventually came to a safe stop. “I just did the stuff,” said a humble Matty. “I thought, I should just do what my Dad does.” He did; and he is a young hero for it. (Source unknown.)

Our children watch us and from this take their cues about how to react to crises and joys, family and friends, God and man. As Matty said, “I should just do what my Dad does,” isn’t it also true for us as we strive to be obedient to the will of our Heavenly Father? As it took courage for Matty to take over that truck and bring it to a safe stop, it also takes courage for you and I to put ourselves into God’s shoes and walk the walk our Savior walked. There’s risk when we take a path that others might deem foolish or dangerous. But, in the end, can there be any better role model than Christ? Besides, how dangerous can it be when it’s His lap we’re sitting on?

We pray. Heavenly Father. There are so many things in life that cause us to be afraid. Sometimes, just getting up in the morning takes courage when we don’t have the will or the with all to face what the day has to offer. And then there are the times when life truly does become uncertain and dangerous. Lord, it is so easy to fall back and allow the fear to keep us from giving love or being loved. Forgive us Father when we forget who is driving this rig—You are. Thank you for allowing us to sit in Your lap and take life on day after day. Abba Father. Thank You for Jesus sake. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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