For those of you whose children (or maybe yourself!) need some encouragement today, let me tell you about a truth to affectionately share with your kids that first opened my eyes and blessed my heart years ago; I hope it will help you and your children too.
As a young father of four small children, I learned this wonderful truth from my friend Hank Harmon. Here it is:
“When a good parent has one child, he loves that child with his whole heart. No doubt that child is his favorite in the whole wide world. Then, if that parent is fortunate enough to become the parent of a second child, his heart doubles! The parent loves that child with all his heart also. The second child is his favorite in the whole wide world, too.”
So, there I found myself one late, reflective night after a long staff-recruiting trip, walking from bedside to bedside, gazing affectionately at each of my four sleeping children whom I love with my whole heart. Each of them was my favorite in the whole wide world.
If you need some encouragement, if your affection for Jesus needs a jump start, or if you’re wondering if maybe He’s forgotten you and your trials, please take a deep breath and listen to a catalytic truth that took me 67 years of longing to fully embrace:
Your Creator, God, has requested to be known by you as “Daddy”—not “Dad,” but “Daddy.” “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 testifies.
That’s what good parents do. We were made in God’s image. Genesis 1:27 proclaims this endless wonder: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Luke 11:13 hitchhikes on this catalytic truth when Jesus says to dads: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
So, what if you woke up every day and looked into your heavenly Daddy’s eyes and knew His answer when you asked rhetorically, “God, who is Your favorite child in the whole wide world?”
Through the blood of His crucified Son and the sufficient sin atonement paid for by that shed blood, you can hear His reassuring voice respond, “You are. You are My favorite child in the whole wide world. I love you with all My heart!”
Listen to the prophetic words of Isaiah as God speaks of the impending sufferings of His Son on the Cross to save your soul from eternal separation:
“But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering.” (Isaiah 53:10)
So, take heart! God your Daddy, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit love you more than you can imagine. You are not alone. You’re not forgotten. And His grace will be sufficient for anything you face. (see 2 Corinthians 12:9)
Returning this kind of love to your children each day is the blueprint for ascending over the hurdles of growing up! As the summer ends and another school year begins, we here at Kanakuk want to thank you once again for your support and the opportunity to minister to your kids. In our small way, we also love each child who comes through our gates as if he or she were the only one in the world.