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Friday, September 19, 2014

Taking inventory as Father’s Day draws near

Posted by Gary on June 1, 2012

It’s funny what you think about while you wait for a medical procedure to start. As I waited for one the other day Harry Chapin’s, “Cats in the Cradle” started playing in my mind. Why? Who knows, but I am one who believes that as things come to mind, especially things that challenge it is wise to ponder.

Father’s Day is soon to be upon us. On that day millions of fathers will receive cards and gifts which is all very nice. I am always grateful for the homemade cards I receive from my children and my wife always gives me an encouraging card and nice present. Of course the purpose of Father’s Day is to recognize fathers and let them know we are grateful for them and we should be.

We all know how this works, everyone is told that they are a great father on father’s day. Every father is loving, every father is involved and every father has filled their wife’s and children’s lives with great memories. At least that’s what the greeting cards all say. But is it actually so with us?

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Well, whatta ya know?

Posted by Gary on October 18, 2008

Hebrews 12:9 “Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”

I saw this story today about Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz who imposed an “immediate and total” suspension on his own son who was arrested for possession of alcohol while being underage.

What a breath of fresh of air in this day when athletes, movies stars and musicians almost always waltz away from consequences, thumbing their noses at authority and making it obvious to all that money, and fame are what matter in our country. Here is a brief quote from Coach Ferentz:

“I was extremely disappointed to learn of James’ very poor decision making on several levels…This offense will be treated seriously, and his punishment will include immediate and total suspension from all team activities.”

Good job Kirk, this is not just being a good coach, but a great father. It is good to see that position does not always mean escape and to see a father who loves his son.

Proverbs 13:24 “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently. “