Sunday, June 20, 2010

Running the Race: Happy Fathers Day

“Run with endurance the race that God has set before you”

My lil' town was over run yesterday morning by DC types in spandex and testosterone, as we hosted some kind of Triathlon thingee. My first thought (after the "I gotta get in shape" thought) was that if theses folks spent half as much time in prayer as they do at the gym or the pool, we would be living in near paradise.

Than I spied one of those silly Lance Armstrong "Live Strong"
shirts, and it reminded me that it was almost Fathers Day. While giving folks with cancer hope is a good thing, my views on the adulterous narcissistic Mr. Armstrong is another thing altogether, as I see only a despicable weakness in a man who betrays his wife and children.

As for running that race, Lance is clearly the loser . . .made worse because he brought others with him.

A father who is winning the race well might have a beer gut, but he also always puts his family's needs before his own.

A marathon dad might hafta turn down a his dream job, rather than add chaos to his family's life.

A track star in fatherhood might be one like my own pop who was left alone with 4 brats to raise (me being the worse), yet never said a bad word (to us anyway) about the woman who abandoned his children.

A father is one who sacrifices for his bride and his children, even if it means sending His only begotten Son to die a horrific death on a cross.

Abba Father,
Happy Fathers Day,

your unworthy son, mike

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As usual,I agree with your post! There are occasional marathons held in my neighborhood, often on Sunday morning. I try not to be judgemental, but I find myself thinking that if only a portion of the effort required to run a marathon were utilized toward worship of He who enables our very being, wouldn't that be a much greater good? I hope things are well with you and that you are feeling better. You are frequently in my (mcusi) prayers my friend! Keep on posting!!!!