Fatherhood

listened to a Focus on the Family program about what people would liked to have said to their deceased fathers. Apparently the volume of response was greater than any program they had ever run. They had a huge outpouring of emotional regret from people who would give anything to be able to go back and make things right and tell their dads how much they loved them. Something they couldn’t muster the courage to do while they were alive.
I still feel pain when I think about one of my own spiritual fathers who passed away many years ago. Norm was a prince of a man, always encouraging and uplifting to be around. He never failed to point me to my Heavenly Father when I shared my heart with him. He taught me to man up and not be a people pleaser. He gave me confidence in a way that no one else could. I am eternally grateful for his influence on my life.
There is a tremendous void of real spiritual fatherhood in our culture. We have more than enough leaders, teachers and guides, but few fathers.
It seems that men are more concerned about their own satisfaction in life than reaching out to others. Fathering takes courage and standing up for principles, rather than following the crowd. Being willing to swallow my pride and to say I’m sorry, I was wrong rather than insisting I’m right, even though I might have been. Putting away childish hobbies, toys and games that are a thief of time. Cleaning up my act and making it my foremost desire to live a holy life so I can be that man who younger men look up to and want to imitate. Loving one woman passionately with a covenant that includes my eyes even when nobody’s looking.
Is it possible that we could be that father to others? Does your heart long, as mine does, to see young men come to maturity and take their responsibility more seriously. I can’t think of anything that gives me more fulfillment than being able to encourage young guys and point them to Jesus.
In the Old Testament there are numerous references to the fatherless, and that God commends a special blessing to those that show them mercy. It’s natural for a man to father his own, but it takes a special person to father another’s. To be a father is the surely the most noble of a man’s aspirations.
It’s not for the feeble or for the faint of heart, but for the strong and courageous.

Margaret Thatcher

R.I.P. Ms. Thatcher and may your feminist comments rest with you.
“If you want something said, ask a man, if you want something done, ask a woman.”
With all due respect for her tremendous accomplishments as PM of England, her gender discrimination cannot be overlooked.
If a public figure were to quote this with the genders reversed, there would most certainly be such an uproar that they would be forced from office. This quote is blatant racism at its ugliest, but because its targeted at men, it’s tolerated. Why has it become commonly acceptable to berate men? Personally I find comments like this rude, offensive and disrespectful. Feminism has evolved into just another form of racism, and yet it’s allowed this kind of gender slur because of course men are inferior to women aren’t they? Men are seen as blithering idiots and stumbling buffoons, only useful for serving women’s careers by being their household slaves. The new metro man is relegated to incompetent moron status who is fed beer, football and boobs to maintain his redundancy. Even men have played the fool, as they’ve begun to believe the feminist lie and see themselves as inferior to woman. Next time a guy jokes and says “I’ve got to ask the boss first” before he buys anything bigger than a chocolate bar, you know you’ve met a gelding.
When feminism rears its ugly head, speak up against this social evil, and let it be known that its just wrong.

Bishop Michael Ingham

“It’s time to hang up my miter, park the shepherd’s staff, pull the ruffles off my fancy sleeves and go play golf,” Ingram wrote in his resignation letter.
Being christened as an infant then at 13 confirmed in the Anglican Church of Canada, I feel I have a vested interest in how the church is lead.
The shepherds staff speaks of true caring leadership that lays down it’s life for the flock as Christ did for the church.
Mr. Ingham’s single most noteworthy issue was to bless the gay and lesbian lifestyle. In doing so he has aligned himself with their cause. He gained international notoriety as the first Anglican bishop to do so.
He succeeded in leading the church about as far from orthodox Christianity as possible. Condoning sexual acts and the subsequent lifestyle that the scriptures describe as detestable, vile and abhorrent to a Holy God. When his office could have been used to promote tremendous benefit to the church and society, it was squandered on a narrow self interest group whose stated goal is to destroy the church.
Perhaps his retirement to golf will make him as relevant and useful to society as his miter and ruffled sleeves made him when he was a bishop.

Hugo Chavez

I don’t want to die, please don’t let me die. These were the final words of a dictator clinging to life as it slipped from his grasp. The desperate words of a man, knowing he was going to hell. The inevitability of death erases any good deeds a man may have accomplished during his short tenure God has allotted him. The adoration of supporters during this life, does little to comfort in face of ones mortality. The point of death is the line in the sand, once crossed, there is no turning back. Death is indiscriminate and decisive. Only Christ, and His followers pass through it with apparent impunity to its ravages.
How we die is often a reflection of how we have lived. If we only lived for our selves, for our own pleasure, when death comes knocking, all is lost. Those who are at peace with their maker, have nothing to lose and everything to gain in death. The picture of a man pleading for his life, is a sorry indictment of an ill spent life. A misguided leader of a corrupt governmental system.