I have no greater joy than to hear that my child is walking in the truth. (3 John 4, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Got to visit my son (Joel) for my 67th birthday. And since it was also mothers’ day (I was born on mothers’ day), his mom got to spend it with him too. First time in a long time. Distance in miles prevents us from doing this more often. But we are blessed that the only distance between us is miles.
While we were there, Joel set up a link in my “Store” so my book “A Dad’s Devotions, Reflections from God’s Word” can be previewed (and a copy purchased if desired) by my followers.
Devotion (noun); de·vo·tion (di-ˈvō-shən):
- Love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person [as in a dad for his son], activity, or cause.
- An act of prayer or private worship.
Reflection (noun); re·flec·tion (ri-ˈflek-shən)
- A thought, idea, opinion formed, or a remark made as a result of meditation.
- An effect produced by an influence [as in a dad on his son].
- The production of an image by or as if by a mirror.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness. (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV 1984)
Mark Twain once wrote, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man learned in seven years.” I think Joel enjoyed having his “old man” (despite some lingering ignorance) and his mom around this past weekend. I don’t think he was “astonished” that we certainly did. One more memory for “Our Family Album.”
My Advice – We can all afford to learn a thing or two. Sons and daughters from parents and even parents from children. But most importantly from the Word, as led by the Holy Spirit.
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:1-5, NIV 1984)