Tim Cole: Fathers are anchors in life
A godly father is an anchor in the storms of life. Professional baseball has been played in America since 1875, but on Sept. 14, 1990, something happened that has never happened before or since.
Late in his career, Ken Griffey Sr., who had been a key member of the World Series champion Cincinnati Reds years before, was signed by the Seattle Mariners. His son Ken Griffey Jr. was just starting his major league career. In the first inning of a game against the Angels, Griffey Sr. hit a home run to left center field. His son followed him to the plate and hit another home run to almost exactly the same spot. It was the only time a father and son had hit back-to-back home runs in baseball history.
Ken Griffey Jr. said later that his father greeted him at the plate by saying, “That’s how you do it, son!”
There are few joys that can compare to seeing our children and grandchildren succeed. But this victory is not something that just happens.
A godly Father is the glue that holds society together.
“By profession, I am a soldier, and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; a father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentialities of death; the other embodies creation of life; and while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me, not from the battle, but in the home repeating with him our simple, daily prayer, our Father Who art in Heaven.”—General Douglas MacArthur.
A godly Father is an imperfect vessel that God can fill and use. The story is told about a little boy who had been invited to a friend’s birthday party. He was so excited and started counting the days until the party. But the morning of the party he was devastated when he found that a blizzard had struck their little town. The snow was falling in wet, heavy flakes, and the wind was howling.
“I don’t think you should go to the party,” his father said. The little boy was so disappointed.
He began to importune his father, begging to be allowed to go. Finally, much to his surprise, his dad said, “All right, you can go to the party.”
The little boy bundled up in his hat and coat and mittens and started down the street to his friend’s house. When he got to the door, he turned around and saw his saw his father turning to walk back home. It was then he realized that his father had been walking behind him all the way to make sure he was safe.
A godly Father is a person who has been mentored by the greatest father, God.
Sometimes we can have utmost confidence in ourselves to figure out issues or fix problems, but we let ourselves down. Confidence is only as good as the object it’s placed in. When going through life, the wise person places their confidence in an unchanging, all-powerful God.