FRIDAY, JUNE 22
“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24 ESV
MISSION POSSIBLE: A DAD WHO GROWS
Dr. Tony Evans talks about a major league baseball superstar’s recollection of his boyhood home. He, his friends, and his father played baseball quite often in their backyard. As a result, the grass had really taken a beating. It didn’t look good anymore, unless you were a child looking for a nice place to play ball. One day, as the kids and the father were playing and having a great time, the boy’s mother leaned out one of the windows and called, “Can’t you guys find somewhere else to play? You’re killing the grass.” The man looked at his wife and answered, “Honey, we aren’t raising grass; we’re raising kids.”
If we are raising kids, we must continue to grow ourselves. The father in Mark 9:24 wanted to see his child healed. He knew it was possible for Jesus to heal his son but also struggled to believe. Like all dad’s he was imperfect. But he had a desire to grow in his faith.
If you are a dad, it is a guarantee that you aren’t perfect. The big question is “are you growing?” Ultimately, we are going to have to trust God with our kids. And as they are growing we should also be growing in our faith. As you reflect on your own childhood, what had the greatest impact on you who are today: how much money your dad made or your dad’s decision to grow as a Christian? Take time to confess any areas where you may feel weak spiritually. Ask God to help you grow in those areas.