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August 2017

After spending the past couple of weeks at camp, my heart is heavy over the needs of the students that have attended. They come from many different family situations, many from homes with very difficult situations. On the second night of Summit, the worship team sang “Good, Good Father.” The words of the chorus have been stuck in my heart and mind.

You’re a good, good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I am loved by you
It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am,
You’re a good, good father

I am so thankful that our God is a good, good Father. He is a father that cares deeply for our needs, is always there for us and who truly wants what is best for us no matter what is happening in life. This is His nature and nothing can change that. Ephesians tells us that we are adopted into His family as His children. It is an amazing concept to be brought under the great love of God.

Unfortunately, there are many who do not understand this love. For some, it is hard to comprehend because they have not experienced this kind of fatherly love. My heart breaks for the children who do not know the security of a Father who loves them. They have a hard time relating to God’s love because they don’t experience it in an earthly father.

As I sat in worship on the mountain, I began to weep with this realization. First, I looked around at my children. Each of them have made a profession of faith and are following Jesus. Each have experienced the love of God, our good Father. As I was processing this, I was challenged in my own heart with the importance of exemplifying that Godly love to my children. I so desperately want to be a good Father. A father who shows the love of God in all that I do. My children deserve this. Then I began to look around at those who don’t have this kind of relationship at all. Those without fathers need godly men to be an example of this love. If I am loved by Him, then I need to love like He loves.

What a great responsibility. Again, thinking back to Ephesians, God is constantly perusing this relationship with us. He is actively showing His love, drawing us closer to Him. Following God in caring for those in need of fatherly love requires us to be active in the lives of others. These relationships must be perused and developed.

As I share these thoughts, let me invite you to think how you can be involved in the lives of students. This is different for each of us. I write from a Father’s perspective, but know of many students who have the same needs from a mother. I wish I could come up with some program to fix this, but in reality it is about relationship.   It takes time, energy, tears,   and heartache. But it is worth the effort to point people to a   loving God.

You’re a good, good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I am loved by you
It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am,
You’re a good, good father


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