The Best Father Ever.


"And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

- 2 Corinthians 6:18


A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Father's Day, and I realized I haven’t celebrated that day in over seventeen years.

My dad was the best role model anyone could ever have—I'm unapologetically biased about this.

When I was twelve, my father had a kidney and pancreas transplant. And on New Year's Day, two weeks after a successful surgery, he died.

I learned many lessons from daddy in the short period of time I shared with him. Leadership was one of them.

I remember going to Pizza Hut one evening for dinner with my parents, my siblings, and the two kids who lived next door. The restaurant was practically empty, but for some unexplainable reason, our food was taking forever to come out.

Hungry folks and bad customer service don't mesh well. We were hangry!

My parents kept asking our waiter when our food was coming out, and his response was always, “It’s almost ready.”

After about an hour and a half of waiting, the waiter finally brought out our food. But my dad’s food was cold—he ordered spaghetti.

My dad was fed up, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.

He got up from the table with his plate in hand, walked to the back of the restaurant, and marched through the swinging doors into the kitchen.

Did he just walk into the kitchen? We all anxiously stared at the kitchen doors to see what would happen next.

There were only two options in my dad’s mind:

A. He was going to quickly have his food cooked again. And I mean quickly!

B. He was going to put on an apron and cook it himself.

I was paralyzed with laughter. I couldn't believe he walked into the kitchen.

My dad did a lot of funny things, but that was probably one of my funniest memories of him.

That day, my dad taught me two important lessons about leadership: don’t settle for mediocrity, and stand up (literally) for what you believe in.

Good times.

"And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

- 2 Corinthians 6:18

I may not physically have a daddy to talk to, give me a bear hug, and walk me down the aisle one day, but I find solace in knowing that I have a heavenly Father who always has his arms-wide-open waiting to embrace me.

And in times of grief and pain, I know that I'm going to be okay. Everything might not always be okay, but I will be. And so will you.

It can be challenging to lean on someone who you can't physically touch or see, which is why God uses people around us and the church to encourage and love on us too.

Even if your story isn’t exactly the same as someone else’s, there is always someone who you can relate to you. God uses our afflictions to help others going through theirs—like my experience dealing with the loss of my dad.

I now use my testimony to encourage others who lost loved ones.

"All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer." - 2 Corinthians 1:3-6

The word comfort is used 8 times in the above passage, and it isn't meant in the same context as the worldly comfort we often turn to. Comfort in that context is meant as help of the absolute highest sort.

God is the ultimate source of comfort in trying times.

His word reveals His promises to you, and even when things get cloudy, you can place your hope in Him because He will always see you through.

Whether you grew up with a father or not, you have one who promises to never leave you nor forsake you. And unlike flaky people, God cannot break His promises.

He’s the best Father ever!

Did you enjoy today’s message? As always, I’d love to hear from you! What are some ways you can use your past or current experience to help someone in need? Comment below, and I look forward to chatting with you 😊.

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You were born to do great things. Lean on God, the greatest Father there is and will ever be.

- Mags