As I channel surfed, I came across the “Shaq Life” show. Curious, I stuck around. Interestingly enough, this one episode was on fatherhood.
In the episode, he alludes to the love and hate relationship he had with his father. He recounts the enormous influence of discipline in his upbringing due to his father’s military background. He also recounts the first time his father told him he loved him.
During that moment, I could see a restlessness still lingering in Shaq’s heart. This behemoth of a man with all his accomplishments and commanding presence is still deeply affected by his father’s words and memories.
As a son and father myself, I was reminded of the lasting influence a father can have or not have on his children. More importantly, it’s encouraging to know that although we may do our best, we will mess up, but we all have a heavenly father that never fails us. My hope is He use all of me, flaws and all, to raise godly children.
Read and meditate on James 1:17-18 for yourself. Meditate on them, memorize them, do whatever it takes for them to sink in.
What is your view of a good father? Be real, be honest, and be vulnerable.
Meditate / Memorize:
Considering you’re a father figure to someone, determine what kind of father you want tot be to that child. Journal the journey and/or share this with a fellow brother and have them hold you accountable.