Father’s Day Message- 2011: Every Dad’s a Hero…Captain Underpants!
Fathers struggle to know how to “get it right”. The pressure to be a good dad is immense and often we struggle under feelings of inadequacy. We are terrified we are messing up our kids and not living up to our potential. We have grown up in a society that defines power as position. We learned it from the early days of childhood when we played King of the Hill, and the lesson was reinforced throughout life. The one with the most power over others is the most successful.
The problem is this way of thinking is the result of sin on the human race. God did not create us to conquer one another. He created us to focus on meeting each others’ needs. Jesus showed us the model of what true power looks like- the choice to serve. He prepared the apostles for his example as he taught them… “Rulers of this world lord it over their people…not so with you….leaders must serve, not flaunt their authority…Want to be the head….focus on serving….watch me and do what I do”. Then he served them all the way to the cross.
As Fathers, our temptation is to follow this world’s pattern of authority over our families. We boss and bully. But, Jesus is calling us to be a different kind of hero- a hero who serves. Jesus showed the extent of his willingness to humble himself to meet their needs. He took the role only a slave would take. At the Passover feast, he took the role of the servant, removed his outer clothing, wrapped a towel around his waist, and washed their feet. He showed them the real power of servanthood- it transforms the hearts of those you serve.
So, Fathers must choose to become this kind of hero to their families- one who chooses serving rather dominating, humility rather than prideful dominance. Like Jesus we strip away the outer shell that protects our vulnerability, and become a hero to those we serve.