As I have written about many times, I have been on a long spiritual growth journey these last few years. It has taken me through ups and downs as I’ve learned more about myself and my calling in life. A big part of that journey is also dealing with the kind of father I want to be and how the influence of my Dad molded my beliefs and direction. It all correlates to the how I relate to my family (my wife and kids) and how I am now guided through life.
As I shared last month, my life took a wild turn 4 years ago when I lost my Dad suddenly in a car accident. I struggled with that for some time as I tried to find answers and a sense of purpose in life now that the one person I thought was invincible and a giant in my life had now been called home and stepped into eternity. It was all so sudden and how to move from that was quite a challenge.
I then shared with you my spiritual journey from there and how I buried my self in scripture everyday to get my life back in order and regain purpose. This journey began about 3 years ago and has been amazing. My walk with the Lord everyday has helped me grown immensely as a man. I recently finished a book called “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge and now reading his next booked “Fathered by God.” These readings have helped give me better perspective about my purpose as a man created in God’s image and my real purpose in life. It has helped me to understand that in life we all have wounds that we have to deal with and learn to accept and overcome. As a man I am called to live the life of a warrior now for God to stand and fight for His Kingdom and be bold in my beliefs and how I share my testimony with all of you.
As I’ve written before, I recognized that the tragedies that are put in front of us are a part of the plan that God puts before us to help us return to him. That is how I came to grips with my Dad’s death. He was called home suddenly, but it was a call to return to God. It is up to us, however to recognize that calling and then find our way back to Him.
Yesterday while reading “Fathered by God” I came to another realization about God’s plan and purpose for each of us. My Dad was an amazing man. He guided my growth even through times where I was an idiot and his influence helped me through the challenges of my teenage years and early adult years in how I dedicated myself to my family and made sure that I was always there for my wife and children.
When I lost my Dad however, I felt I lost that influence. Who do I turn to now? Who can I confide in and seek out for guidance as I continue to grow. At 35 years old, I’m not close to done growing. The answer came to is that while I lost my earthly Dad, I now had to turn my true Father. My creator, my redeemer, and my sustainer. He is the one that I now had to turn to for my guidance and my continued growth to live my existence in God’s image. I am still an unfinished man and have a great deal more to go. My time spent immersing myself in God’s Word has become my time to turn now to my Father for my continued growth. My Dad, Rocky, brought me a long way, and now God is there bring me the rest of the way. I turn to God for his guidance, Jesus for his salvation, and the power of Holy Spirit. That is what I now have to bring me through life and to live out my purpose, fully alive in God. The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive!
So what does this mean for you, especially you men out there who are wondering through life unsure of yourself or who to turn to. I can testify that we are ALL meant to turn to our True Father. He is the one that created us and is the the true end of all things. Turn to scripture and I promise you that the Word of God WILL bring you a long way. If you allow yourself to open up to God and the Good News, I promise you that your life will forever change. He has brought me so far these last few years, since I fully turned to Him. As I said, I have a long way to go still, but I am so thankful that I still have my Father to turn to. He will never abandon us and will bring us through any storm we come across in life. He will give you the strength to battle the evil one and sustain you through. All we have to do is return to Him.