Today, Fathers across the United States are being celebrated by their kids.  Cards of thanks will encourage Dad’s and remind them of all the good they do.  But for me, this day is also a reminder of my own failures as a Dad.

  • Times I have failed to show love and allowed anger to control me.
  • Times I have failed to suppress my rage and caused my sons to fear me.
  • Times I have failed to hold my tongue and spoken words I can never take back.

To be certain, these failures do not define me nor do they define my relationship with my sons… but nonetheless they are flaws in my character.  For me, this Father’s Day is a reminder that I can do better.

Though I am loved, I can be a better Dad.

Because I am loved, I must become a better Dad.

  • I pray to Jesus that through my weakness, my sons will see God’s greatness.
  • I pray that when my dark emotions rise, the light of Christ will shine through.
  • I pray my sons will forgive me and remember that even their Dad kneels in ashes at the cross of Christ.

Today, I hope every Dad knows that Father’s Day is for failures who are held in esteem only by the saving grace of Jesus.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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