Being a father, whether biological, through adoption, or spiritually, is a fascinating mandate.
The dream scenario is of perfect harmony, peace – on a Pacific island on sunny shores.
But in the real world it is quite different.
I get criticized by spiritual sons and daughters, by my kids, and others.
Today is my birthday, and I am receiving an incredible number of thank you´s on many communication platforms. That warms my heart.
But even in days of criticism, unrest, and persecution, I have observed through my 59 years (42 in ministry), that a lot of that criticism and hammering comes with being a father and a patriarch.
Sons and daughters long for acceptance and agreement, sometimes totally on their own terms. That is very good. While matters are being sorted out, they lose hope and perspective, and take it out on somebody they respect and know is able to carry such a burden.
But after a while, things get sorted out. Shalom becomes the permanent condition of heart and mind.
Thank you for the praise and the criticism!
Love & honor from a father 🙂