BEING A DADDY BY DESIGN
In Genesis chapter 1 and verse 1 we read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
In the beginning God created. He created the heavens and the earth. He created the light and then separated it from the darkness. He created an expanse between the waters and called it “sky”. He created dry land. He had the waters under the sky gather into one place. He had the earth bring forth plants: fruits, vegetables, trees, and all of that stuff. He created the sun moon and stars. God said, “let the waters swarm with living creatures,” and it did. He said, “let the earth produce living creatures,” and it did.
Then God said, let us make man in our own image. So, God created man in His own image.
God had all of the animals come before man, for man to name. Adam named them all, but there was none suitable as a companion for Adam. God said, “It is not good for man to be alone,” so He had a deep sleep come over Adam and while He slept, God took a rib from his side and made Eve from it. When Adam woke up, God brought Eve to Him. Adam stood there staring for a minute, rubbing his eves in disbelief. Finally a smile crept across his face and Adam, looking at what God had just created screamed, WOMAN.
God said, “I guess you’re pleased with the helpmeet I made you.” (That was a rhetorical question, because God knew exactly what Adam was thinking) Adam just stood there staring in disbelief until he finally caught his breath and answered, “God, Sir, You’ve outdone yourself this time. You did a great job with the sun and moon and all of those stars. I love all of these trees and this lovely garden you’ve placed me in. But God, this sure does beat all of that.
God replied, “Yeah, I thought you’d like her. But there’s a catch. I want you to be fruitful and multiply. I want you to father children.” I want you to be a Daddy.
MEN HAVE BEEN…
From that day until this, we men have been confronted with mountains of boxes that bear the logo “some assembly required”.
From that day until this, we have been unable to give our wives those little swats, and secret pinches we so love to give, without having to first look over our shoulders to make sure little eyes aren’t watching.
From then until now, our days have been filled with finishing little one’s plates, searching for tools that mysteriously grow legs, attending innumerable children’s ball games, and sitting through music recitals that would be considered cruel and unusual punishment if forced on death row inmates.
I can’t remember the last time I watched a TV program that wasn’t interrupted by the darting body of a dancing, or out of control little boy.
But, you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for an instant and neither would you. Who among us would ever willingly miss out on the joy of wrestling with our children?
Who among us would willingly miss out on having that little boy or girl wave to us as they cross home plate, walk across stage, or score one for their team?
Which of us would willingly give up the feel of that little hand in ours, or the lump you get in your throat when that little one looks up into your eyes, trusting, believing you can do anything?
Which of us would willingly give up that embrace and the long-delayed “thank you” you receive when your children grow up and begin to recognize all you’ve done for them?
And you men with daughters, is there anything in the world like walking that beautifully dressed young woman down the aisle and placing her hand in the hand of that undeserving, not good enough for your daughter, young man?
Who would give all that up? None of us would give that up, because God made us to be daddies. He designed us to be daddies. God gave us many tasks in the world, many jobs, many roles we are to play. We are to be witnesses for Him. We are to be men of God, godly men. We are to be godly husbands, loving our wives as Christ loved the church, but one of the most important tasks you and I can ever do is to be daddies.
A number of years ago a head-hunter, a personnel director who had the job of hiring executives, was interviewing a man for an opening they had. The interviewer said usually when he was interviewing people, he’d lean back, put his feet up on his desk, and get them relaxed. When they were relaxed and had their guard down, he’d suddenly drop his feet to the floor, lean across the desk, and ask them what their goal in life was. He said, usually they’d flounder around for a while trying to come up with something.
… One day he did it and the man he was interviewing immediately answered, “My goal in life is to go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.”
Let me tell you sir, you can’t take that new car to heaven with you. You can’t take that big house to heaven with you. You can’t take those nice clothes or that promotion to heaven with you, but, you can take your children.
LET ME TELL YOU…
“With God’s help, I’m going to take my children with me.”
I’m going to take my children with me. It may cost me some golf games. It may cost me a promotion. It may cost me a vacation. It may cost me a fancy ride. It may cost me some new clothes. It may cost me some TV time, but I’m gonna take my children.
God designed you to be a daddy!
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