LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken. – Psalms 15:1-5 (NIV)
I have turned in my resume for different jobs several times over the last two decades. It has changed because my experiences, skills and technical knowledge have changed. The resume reflected what I had already lived up to and it was my hope that those hiring would have like what they read. Father’s have a different kind of resume.
Our children are the living resumes for the world to see. The way they live their lives will reflect how well we are living up to God’s commands. The psalm above is a description of who we are to be as men, and therefore, fathers. I have to ask myself if my children’s lives are beginning to reflect the characteristics listed. Am I striving daily to live up to that kind of standard, or am I satisfied with just getting by? Do I live a life that cannot be shaken?
My children need a father who seeks God above all else; a father who abides in the sanctuary of His love and righteousness. They don’t need a best friend or a cool dad. They need someone who will lead them to that sanctuary of God’s love and righteousness. I have to have more than me in mind in the choices I make, the actions I take and the words that I speak. They need a Godly man.
Lord, help me be more and more like you every day. May I be an example of integrity to my children. Let me lead them to the sanctuary of Your love, grace and righteousness. Amen.