JUST LIKE MY FATHER
Read John 14: 8-14
Let your light shine before others, so that
they may see your good works, and give
glory to your Father in heaven.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be just like
my dad. He was my hero and my best buddy. I loved every-
thing Dad loved. I loved
fishing, window shop-
ping (especially at the
sporting goods store and
the hardware store), and
target shooting with my
bow and arrow or rifle. If
it was what my dad loved to do, I loved it too. I loved horses,
Stetson hats, and my country. I wanted to be a Marine when
I grew up, just like my dad.
Just as I wanted to be like my dad when I was a child, as
an adult I want to be like my heavenly Father. I want to strive
to love others as God loves, unconditionally, and sacrificially,
and to forgive others as God has always graciously forgiven
me. I want to bring light into dark places, joy into places of
sadness, and healing into places of pain.
With the power given us by the Holy Spirit, we can be like
the Father and like the Son. We can make a difference in our
world as we follow Christ.
Prayer: Dear God, may we be more like you with each
passing day so that others will come to know your love and
grace. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Belinda Jo “B. J.” Mathias (Mississippi)
Prayer Focus: FATHERS
— Matthew 5: 16 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
If I strive to be like my heavenly
Father, I can make a
difference in the world.