A couple weeks ago I was dropping my daughters off at their respective children’s ministries at church. This particular morning was unlike any other because we had actually managed to leave early and arrive before the children’s ministry was open — those of you with kids 4 years of age and younger will understand the miracle.
Anyway, we were waiting in the lobby for about 10 minutes and next to the chairs was this statue of Jesus with two little kids on his knee. I had put my 1 year old down to play and immediately she ran for the statue. Visions of her grabbing the statue and shattering it ran through my mind. But what she did next spoke to my heart. Upon reaching the Jesus statue she looked at Jesus, then pointed to his beard and exclaimed, “Daddy!”
A few years ago I was interviewing Christian artist Jeremy Camp who at the time had a 1 year old daughter. My wife and I were nearing the due date of our first daughter, and I asked him what it was like to be a father. I expected the cliche answer that it was “awesome, and the best experience of your life,” but what he said has stuck with me all these years.
According to Camp, being a father brings home the relationship that we have with our heavenly father. When we have our own children we get to see a glimpse of how Jesus feels towards us. When we discipline we do so (or should do so) out of love and not anger. We have this unconditional love for our children that is just unexplainable at times.