First let me take a moment to wish all the father's out there a Happy Father's Day!
Today I was reminded that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. This Father's Day, let's look forward and look back. We can be encouraged by those who fought the good fight and laid a great foundation of faith.
As I stand in the very spot that Dr. Fred Roberts, my father-in-law, was buried, a flood of memories comes back to me. He was one such man and I couldn't pay any greater tribute this Father's Day then to come to this place. We know he is not here, but with the Lord and he is now cheering us on as part of the great cloud of witnesses.
The legacy he left is not just the facts about what he accomplished, but the heart behind it. He was such a strong man, full of wisdom and yet so humble. When he boasted, it was to lift up the name of Jesus, which he held so dear. He loved the church and its people. He stood against anything that would cause harm to those entrusted to him and truly believed that "All things are possible" so he would stand and declare that he would "win the lost at any cost".
It is these words as well as his heart that have made an indelible mark on my mind, spirit and soul. I am forever changed because I knew him and I could never have asked for a better Father-in-law, whom I called Dad.
I trust that on this day there is a man that God put in your life to be this inspiration for you. He may be your father or he may be someone else, but what is so beautiful about God and His love for us, is He never leaves us without.
I would love to hear your stories, see your photos and be part of what God has done for you.
Let us now pick up the baton and run our race with endurance to hand off to the next generation of mighty fathers yet to come.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3