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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Don't Miss the Moment

By Scott Harrup
June 20, 2010

It’s not difficult for a dad to fill a calendar. If you’re working full time or even overtime (a blessing in this economy), are active in your church, and squeeze in a modicum of recreation or exercise, your days are packed. What’s hard is setting aside time with the very ones who made you a dad.

There are plenty of good reasons for the full calendar. Your income is putting food on the table, keeping the lights on, and buying clothes and shoes for constantly growing bodies. Your church involvement lets your kids see that the spiritual side of your life is not smothered by the material. And if you don’t find at least a little down time for yourself, you won’t hold up for long under the rigors of parenting.

But don’t miss the moments in the midst of everything you’ve scheduled. Sometimes, just five minutes of stopping what you’re doing and answering a question can confirm your availability to your child. A carefully planned excursion of an hour or two creates memories to offset weeks of work-induced seclusion.

I grew up in a pastor’s family, and believe me, pastors are always on call. But Dad had a simple habit of leaving his office door open at home, and that let my brothers and me know he was available. I’ve tried to follow that example.

Dad also made it clear that his parenting handbook was his Bible, not the latest best-seller on time management or child psychology.

I follow that example as well, and discover new truths about

father/child relationships with almost any passage I study.

Every dad can identify seasons when some element was lacking in his parenting portfolio. There is, after all, only one perfect Father. But the more closely that you and I relate to Him, the more clearly He will guide our daily choices — and daily schedules.

This Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to reset that calendar, rekindle that bond, and rejoice that God sees fathering as His own first priority.

Scott Harrup

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