This is the sixth in a series to honor men who have been helpful by their examples. We’ll conclude tomorrow. If you aren’t sure who will be honored tomorrow, you haven’t been reading this blog for very long!
At some unknown point I went from being a ‘new’ dad to one with some experience. That’s just weird. I still feel like a new dad, given how inadequate I feel much of the time. And I continue to prize the example of men who are years ahead of me in their parenting and their skill and their dependence on God.
But today I want to acknowledge God’s goodness through the example of the younger dads I know. These men are precious to me, many of them holding on to the promises of God in ways that are beautiful and faith-filled and God-centered and which make God look very, very attractive.
- I’m grateful for men who are looking at disability with clear eyes and seeing God’s grace instead of the darkness I saw in our early days.
- I’m excited as I observe God’s leading younger men with disabled children into areas of responsibility and ministry that show off God as of greater value than anything.
- I’m humbled by the testimonies of wives who speak so well of their husbands and the godly leadership they are experiencing in their homes.
- I love to hear stories of God calling men away from the darkness in which they were living and into his marvelous light, frequently using their children’s disability to help them see God clearly.
- I’m hopeful for those dads who were like me, that God would do the same miracle in their hearts that he did for me.
- My faith is encouraged when I see broken-hearted men persevere in faith with strength only God can provide as they seek to love their wives and children through impossible circumstances.
I realize in writing this that God has granted me a lot of those younger men in my life! What a gift to see God moving like that!
I’ll close with an example of encouragement from one of them. Kempton Turner is one of those younger faith-filled dads described above. His oldest boy lives with multiple disabilities. His wife is a leader on this subject at church. Together they parent three children. I’m grateful to learn from him how to pray to the God we both love: