In honor of Father’s Day (month) we have the blessing of having David “JB” Miller guest blog for us. Enjoy!
Lori & Becky
Come May and June, I can’t help but remember the way my dad and mom raised me. When I was broken, Mom was there with comfort and reassurance . . . she knew how to provide Nurture.
Shattered collarbones, sprained ankles, scraped knees, elbows, noses . . . Mom was there with medical and emotional first aid.
When I broke stuff as a child, Dad was there to help me examine my choices . . . he knew how to provide Navigation. Baseballs through windows, rocks landing on heads, Buicks backing into utility poles, dishonoring words of anger . . . Dad was there, not shielding me from consequences, but providing spiritual first aid.
When I was out of line, Dad rejected my choices without rejecting me, pointing my heart towards a Heavenly Dad who loves in the same way.
From 1 Timothy 1 we read Paul’s own experience,
“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus . . . (He) came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.”
This is David “JB” Miller reminding you that great parenting always balances nurture and navigation. When it comes to the spiritual formation of your children, help them learn that the greatest injury in their life is not by circumstance or the hand of others, but by their own choices.
Like my parents, don’t forget to move well beyond the reassuring mother-driven “Look-how-life-broke-me” stage . . . and purposely lead your kids to the father-fueled freedom that comes from saying . . .
“Dad, I broke it”.
David “JB” Miller is founder and author at Life Letter Ministries.
He and his wife Cheri make their home in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and have six children and five grandchildren they absolutely adore.