As I grow older, I notice more and more that I’m becoming like my father. From yelling at the TV while watching the New Orleans Saints play football, to telling the same corny jokes he does… it’s like I’m a carbon copy (do people even get this reference anymore?) of my father. I guess that’s why I was named David Alan Dorn II, after my father!
But I am enjoying becoming like my dad. It means I’m becoming a good man and even more, a good father. My father is the most selfless man I’ve ever known. He wakes up at 4:00 am and goes to work, comes home, helps my mom around the house, takes care of the yard work, goes to either Boy Scout meetings with my brother, choir practice with my mother, or church meetings virtually 5 nights a week, and then goes to bed to start over the next day. And he often gives up his little spare time to help other family members who are in need of his help. He works hard, and though not always explicit with it, he loves his wife and children very deeply. It shows in his actions…
Growing up, I thought he was crazy. I mean, all those early mornings… working all day… and then to come home to help do what I didn’t “feel” like I wanted to do out in the yard or in the kitchen. Now I find myself filling those shoes with my family. Let me tell you, those are big shoes to fill, full of responsibility; but when compelled by love, those burdens are easier to carry, at least that’s what I learned from my father.
The same is true with our relationship with God. We become more and more like our Heavenly Father as we mature in our faith. Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48. It seems such an immense burden, but as you mature, you realize those impossible words are not so preposterous. Being compelled by love (a Father’s love), transforms who you are.
I once was a young, insecure, often whining son. Though I have much to learn yet, I now look a lot more like my Father… both of them.
So keep a keen eye on the Father, watching His every move. And slowly but surely, you’ll grow to look just like Him.