There’s a movie out about me. It’s called 42. Actually, it is not about me, it’s about baseball star Jackie Robinson. I’m turning 42 this week, so that seemed like a nice seque.
I looked back at my family tree recently and noticed that, based upon the age my ancestors have passed away, I am at or past middle age. No one in my family on my side has lived past the age of 84. Basically, I’m halfway done here on the third rock from the sun. Now, I know that it is not for us to know the time or place when our earthly body will cease to exist, and I’m not even the slightest bit worried about it, because I know what lies on the other side.
When I say I don’t worry, I’m talking about my ultimate future. Do I worry day to day? Yes. Should I? No. My Creator and Redeemer has my future in His memory banks. As a dad, I look at my children and wonder about their future. It’s a scary world we live in. We’ve been reminded of that this past week with the events in Boston, MA and West, TX. Dads, I encourage you to speak about these things from an eternal perspective with your family this week. Don’t shy away from the hard topics. Use the opportunity to point out sin. Use the opportunity to point out grace and mercy. Use the opportunity to point your family towards God.
Math Quiz! 42 times 2 equals ??. 84! You got it right! Do I know when I am going to die? No. I could live to be 64 or 94 for all I know. That’s the point isn’t it? I don’t know. Here’s what I do know, from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord. Yep, I’m stopping right there. If I continue, I’ll probably focus on the rest of the verse – the part that we all tend to focus on. I encourage you to stop and be silent over the first part. Do you believe it? Do you trust it? God knows the thoughts and plans for you. Shouldn’t that be enough?
Dads, as you go through this week with your family, point them to this verse and guide them to the truth in all of it. May your week be filled with the truth and joy of God’s love!