Imperfect Dads, One Perfect Father

Day 4 of 10 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Fathers Who Heal


Man looks at how someone appears on the outside.

But I look at what is in the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

What’s really eating away at you? Are regrets consuming your thoughts, so you’re forced to shut them down? The pain we carry is tucked away and always available to muck up our lives or turn gold star moments into brown star regrets.


Time does not heal all wounds.


We allow pain, shame, and regret to consume us over how to cope with it. Unfortunately, coping solves nothing. Healing does. Dads, most of us suffer from father wounds. They are traumatic wounds created by the dysfunctional relationship we have or had with our own dad. Today, most of our challenges can be traced back to childhood, where either a dominant, detached, abusive, or absent dad set your path of pain in motion. 


Are you carrying the shackles of pain without possibly knowing it? If you’re not moving toward healing, you’re enabling the hurt. The hurt you struggle with today is affecting your child now and potentially into their own adulthood. You can break the cycle.


Trust us, you’re not just going to get better, and without an intentional effort at healing an injury, they become exponentially worse. God gives us examples and consequences of how avoiding healing through Him only drags out the suffering. Why do we avoid God? Because the devil whispers in our ear that we’re not worthy to be great dads to our kids because we’re broken and damaged goods. The father of lies says that we can’t trust God the Father because all He wants to do is convict and punish us. Leave Satan’s lies in your past. You are created to mirror the one true perfect Father—God. 


Dad Action:


Pray for God's healing over a struggle that's kept you from committing to your family.