When Tires Go Flat…

The odometer on my 2005 Saturn ION read 116116 when I encountered the grace of GOD!

Yesterday I was saying how we have to get up and get ready and move quickly when the time comes. We have a chance to change our current condition for the better. Jesus will lead us into a new place which he has planned and willed for us. As content or comfortable as we are in our current state, the LORD has something better for us. But here is the catch.The odometer

Jesus isn’t going to open the door pick us up and throw him over his shoulder like some superhero. Naw. We are created to work for it. Therefore Jesus will make us work for it. If we are handed something where can we be humble. Won’t we be puffed up with pride saying “look at all I have accomplished!” God wants us to be humble servants.

We work according to GOD’s will and he will reward us with joy which we can’t boast in. If we brag, we can only brag on our LORD. “Look at what GOD did here!”

As I’m reminded of all this, I had another reminder this morning on my way to work. I was driving northbound on I-5 from Salem to Portland when I suddenly felt pulled to the left just a bit. It was enough to touch them loud bumps on the left to warn you about the shoulder. Next thing I hear what sounds like a motorcycle and I notice how I’m being pulled to the left. I realized I had a flat and decided to pull all the way to the right and off the highway onto the right shoulder.

I get out to change a flat because that’s what men do. As the semis flew by I prayed to Jesus that he would calm the storm and protect me. Hey, listen here Jack. I wasn’t asking to be rescued or saved or anything. Naw. Then halfway through taking my flat off an Oregon State Patrol officer pulled behind me and threw on his lights to protect me on the side of the road. Thank you Jesus.

The funny thing is when he approached me. He asked if I was putting it on or taking it off. I told him taking it off. He then told me he had a better tool for that. He comes back from his vehicle with a tire iron. Now, you might think he would change it for me. But he knew I was a man and he was going to let me be a man. So, he watched as I changed the tire. He then asked if I was good and I said yes, indeed!

Here is a great example from the Bible.

Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Dress yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” (‭Acts‬ ‭12‬:‭6-8‬ ESV)

Reflections on Dad #AnchorMEN #FathersDay

Reflections on Dad  
Reflections on Dad
by Erin Mohring

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Meet Erin Mohring

I’m going to be honest: it’s not easy to get my boys to “reflect” on something. Reflecting requires quiet, stillness, uninterrupted thought… yeah, three boys under the age of eight don’t do much of those things!

With Father’s Day approaching, though, I knew it was important to help them spend some time thinking about the man they call Daddy and just why they love him so much.

We say I love you and go about our days, but the people we love are worth more reflection than just a few simple words. And this is even more significant to me as we raise boys.

They have an amazing, godly father who they love to the moon and back, but I want them to know just exactly what is so special about him, what they can admire and what can inspire them to be men of godly character, and the things that make him the the dad God had in mind for them from the beginning.

If you have boys, you probably know the answers that come first when a boy talks about what he loves about his dad…

“He is the best wrestler!” – Big J, age 8

“I love my daddy because he plays video games with me and I love him.” – Caleb, age 4

“He brings home candy from the hospital for me!” – Little J, age 5

“I love that my dad takes me to the park.” – Joshua, age 10

Sure, these things don’t necessarily require a lot of thought, but you know what they do show me? Boys that know their dads love them because they take the time to do fun things with them and think of them when they aren’t at home.

When my boys gave answers like these, I used to get frustrated because they weren’t really appreciating my husband for his best qualities. But to them, these are the important things. The things that make them feel loved and cherished by their fathers, just as the father does in the sweet book, I Love You All the Same.

As siblings can do, the little ones in this book want to be the best at the same things, but the sweet dad takes the time to share the unique things about each child that makes him love them all the same.

Good dads notice, appreciate, and help foster and connect over the special qualities and interests each child possesses, whether it be music, sports, games, or food!

Some of the deeper things I see my boys appreciate in their daddy aren’t mentioned when I ask them what they love most about him, but are noticed in the way they interact on a daily basis. After my husband had been running for about a year, our oldest asked if he could start running on the treadmill. He always wanted to know how many miles Daddy ran that day and would keep track of his own miles in a notebook. My son might not ever answer that he admires the way his father made his health a priority, but it has definitely been reflected in the way he lives!

Our five-year-old wasn’t sure what I meant when I asked what he admired about Daddy, so I gave him a few examples. After a little while, he came back to me and said, “I want to be smart and hard-working like Daddy when I grow up.” As he is just finishing up his kindergarten year and aiming for his dream to be a veterinarian some day, I love that he sees the value in education and diligence in the example my husband has set for our boys. And I’m hoping some of his diligence wears off on me, too!

And the very best? Seeing my boys pray with and for their dad.

The strongest man is one who knows his strength lies in God, and I love knowing my boys see this relationship with Jesus in my husband. Because of him, they know what a godly man looks like and they have a model of faith to build upon of their own faith.

In a culture that often belittles and ridicules the role of dad, I want my boys to think often of the characteristics that make their dad a godly man, an inspiration in their life, the one they love and are blessed to call Daddy. Let’s help them reflect on these things this Father’s Day and throughout the year!

Your Turn

What are some of your kids’ favorite reflections on dad? We’d love to hear what has come out of your little one’s mouth!