Topic: Proverbs 22:6
Dr. Stanley often thinks about his father. He tries to picture what it would have been like to grow up knowing his dad. When Dr. Stanley was only nine months old, his father died. So he was brought up without an earthly father.
During his youth, Dr. Stanley never really gave it much thought. Then, many years into his ministry, and after he became a father, Dr. Stanley began to feel a cloud hanging over him. There was a mysterious sadness he couldn't identify.
Four close friends helped him discover that, as a child, he had subconsciously dismissed any thought about having a father. Because a dad wasn't around, Dr. Stanley simply deleted the idea from his life. He never realized how this affected his relationship with God.
Because his father was absent, Dr. Stanley had a distorted view of a "heavenly Father." Without realizing it, he created a distance between himself and God. His heart was resistant to an intimate Father-child relationship.
Embracing almighty God as his heavenly Father changed Dr. Stanley's life. He'll never forget the waves of emotion when he felt the tender love of a Father for the first time.
If you're a father, Dr. Stanley prays you'll be a present and active influence in your children's lives. They're looking at you more closely than you can imagine. Their view of God will forever be shaped by the time you spend with them. Show them what He's like. Be a godly dad to your children.
Much of the world is hurting because of the lack of fathers in the home. I am one of these people. The lack of this relationship is more harmful in more ways than many think. The devil is behind the destruction of the family. He is out to destroy everything God designed. Be aware that he is out to twist and redefine what God designed as "family" - one man, one woman, children.