i was sitting here admiring the nice thing i had done. i was thinking, “i’m a good dad. i’m sure my son realizes that. i hope my example makes an impact and carries on after i’m gone. yup. i’m a good dad.”
please forgive me for my moment of deluded self-admiration.
although i hopped out of the USS John Calvin boat many years ago, i will still readily…and biblically…admit that any good thing that comes from me is simply because of the goodness of god that has taken up residence in my body.
i don’t love because i’m a good guy. i love because god loved me first and rescued me from a dismal life of self-centeredness, self-interest, and self-obsession.
every day is lived “in view of god’s mercy”…which means i don’t get the wrath of god that i really deserve…and i constantly get opportunities to treat others with the grace and patience extended to me by a benevolent and just father. my true example and the one who daily shows me how treat others.
in these days of uncivility, i’m grateful the great gift-giver continues to influence and empower this self-absorbed and clueless child.
when all is said and done, i’m not a very good person at all. but i know the one who is.
and hopefully today will not be a continued adventure in missing the point.