Little Boy Blue And the Man On the Moon; A Father’s Day Devotional
“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.” – Psalm 90:10
If there is one thing I have learned about life, it is how fast it goes by. There you are one minute graduating High School. You blink, and the next thing you know you have a wife, two children, and a mortgage. It seems like only minutes have past, when in reality it has been years. Life is but a fleeting vapor, and scripture makes that clear. That is why it is so vital for us to harness each moment of breath for the glory of God.
There are many directions I could write on this subject, but for now, may we ponder the privilege of parenting. I have learned the importance of spending time with your children. A lot of parents miss the mark on what parenting is all about. They have convinced themselves to believe the lie that money well spent will raise a good child. But it is not money well spent; rather it is time well spent. The best way that you can say “I love you” to your children is by spending time with them. I always think of that classic song from years ago, “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin. The message of the song was all about how a father missed out on his son growing up because he was just “too busy” and did slow down and spend “time” with him. Before the father knew it, his little boy was a man, and it seemed to him that it all had happened overnight. There is a similar story by Pastor Joseph M. Stowell. Listen to his words below; I pray that they speak to you as they have spoken to me.
“I thoroughly enjoy working in my yard. I’ve got my own system of fertilizing my lawn, cutting it, and caring for it. One year, when my son Joe was in his early teens, I spent all spring getting the yard to look just the way I wanted. We had a basketball hoop at the end of our driveway, and on several occasions Joe came along and said, ‘Dad, let’s play basketball.’ My response was always, ‘Joe, not right now. I’m busy working in the yard.’ Or, ‘I’ve got to trim this edge here.’ Or, ‘I’ve got to do the fertilizing now.’ Later that summer, I visited a hospital on several successive nights to comfort a family whose boy-about Joe’s age-was dying. One evening as I drove home, it struck me that I had a boy just like that, that it was a great gift from God to have a healthy young son, and that I had permitted things-a lawn-to eclipse the value of time with him. I drove down our street and saw my beautiful, green, wonderfully manicured lawn. I drove into the driveway, saw the basketball hoop, and thought, I don’t care what I have to do tonight; one thing I’m going to do right now is play basketball with my son. So I threw open the door and yelled, ‘Hey, Joe! Let’s play basketball!’ And he said, ‘Not right now, Dad-I’m busy. ‘I was convicted, and I wondered, how could I ever have let things eclipse the importance of my son? When you think about the truth about people, beware the treachery of the seduction of things.”
Because my life is nothing but a vapor, I want my life to be a sweet aroma in the nostrils of God. I want to challenge every father (and every parent for that matter) to ponder upon these things, and ask God to show you how to value the time that you have with your children. Harness the moments God has entrusted you with as a parent. Carefully treasure the memories God has given you with your children. Your season on this earth is very brief. Your life is nothing but a fading mist and a fleeting vapor. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, so use the time God has given you. One day you will look around and your children will be grown.
– Pastor Eric