The Knock That Never Came

If you asked your teen child what are the top 3 thing hey need in life to be happy, what would they be?
A poll conducted by FATHERS.COM surprisingly found these results;

  • Time spent with family
  • Time spent with friends
  • Time spent with a significant other.

Shocked?  I was.  I struggle with this from time to time.  My son's teen years blew by in a blink of an eye.  He  is 27 now and a father of 2 boys himself.  When he was about 19 I asked him what I could have done differently that he would have liked.  His answer, spend more time with him instead of working so much.  Talk about a dagger through my heart.  I had an absent father and can remember waiting for him to come pick me up to go fishing at 4am.  He never showed up, several times.  I would be there with my fishing pole, tackle box, winter jacket, gloves, and a tall thermos full of coffee for him, and hot cocoa for me.  I would end up pouring it down the drain.  All I wanted was for him to show up.  I just wanted to spend time with my dad, like the other kids in my neighborhood.  I didn't care if he had money, jewels, fancy cars, or a pretty girlfriend.  I just wanted him to be there.  I trusted him, and he let me down time and time again.  It would cripple me at times.  I felt different.  I felt inferior.  I was at times, ashamed.  It hurt me to think he had something better to do than spend time with his son. I would just cry myself back to sleep.

I believe God has a purpose for everyone.  First and foremost is to know Him and His plan for salvation.  Secondly is to know His individual plan for you.  However, once you become a father, your dreams may have to be put on hold because God has a plan for that child, and it involves a father.

"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:4 NKJV

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