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From "Daddy" to "Dad"

Dependence on God Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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ILLUSTRATION

Do you remember when you stopped calling your dad, "Daddy"? I do. 

I was about 6 or 7 years old and I remember being outside with my dad. He began a  conversation with our next door neighbor, which I interrupted by calling out "Daddy!" Up until then, I had always called my dad, "Daddy." 

But when I called out, "Daddy!" he gave me a funny look and he and the neighbor just chuckled, like that was baby talk.  I never called him "Daddy" again.

APPLICATION

The Aramaic/Hebrew word "Abba" is the equivalent of our English "Daddy."  But unlike our relationship with our earthly father, our heavenly Father will never chuckle at us for calling Him Daddy.  That's because we will never outgrow our child-like dependence on Him.

Quite the opposite. The more we grow in our faith the more we will realize our total dependence on our heavenly Father.  That's why God loves it when we call Him "Abba."  That's who He is and who He will always be to us. 

"Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:6). 

Fatherhood Quotes (Part 2)

Fatherhood Quotes Fatherhood Parenting

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-07

Author: Various
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ILLUSTRATION

“‘Walk a little slower, Daddy,’ said a little child so small. I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.  Sometimes you steps are very fast, sometimes they’re hard to see; so walk a little slower Daddy, for you are lead me. Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be, then I will have a little child who’ll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true; so walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you!’” [Author unknown]

“Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.” [Author unknown]

"Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!" [Unknown]

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." [Unknown]

"Fathers, be good to your daughters … You are the god and the weight of her world. So fathers, be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, so mothers, be good to your daughters, too." [Johan Mayer, singer-songwriter]

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." [Clarence Budington Kelland (1881 – 1964), an American fiction writer]

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." [Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011), was an American professional baseball player]

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." [Bill Cosby, American comedian and actor]

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be." [Unknown]

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." [Mark Twain (1835-1910), born Samuel Clemens, was an American author and humorist]

"Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again." [Jimmy Piersal, American professional baseball player]

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." [Unknown]

"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys." [Unknown]

"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child." [Unknown]

"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example." [Mario Cuomo, former governor of NY from 1983 to 1994]

"Be a dad. Don’t be "Mom’s Assistant".... Be a man.... Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can’t dress and feed a four-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids.... It won’t take away your manhood, it will give it to you." [Louis C.K., Mexican-American comedian, screenwriter, producer, film director, actor, voice actor, and film editor]

"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." [Unkonwn]

"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder--infinitely prouder--to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys." [Douglas MacArthur, (1880 –  1964), American five-star general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II]

APPLICATION

Many of the above quotes present their own points of application. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editors of Illustration Exchange or Orthodox Christianity.

My Name Is Null

God the Father Parenting Fatherhood

Source: “Man claims he gets free holidays and car rentals after changing his surname to 'Null'” by Caroline Mcguire, Daily Mail, March 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-08

Scripture: John 15:9 ; John 17:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A man claims to have been given free hotel and car rentals, just because he changed his last name to "Null." The Daily Mail reports:

Raven Felix Null, 24, from the United States, says he changed his surname after becoming an adult and claims the word 'Null' is incompatible with a lot of computer programming, leading to many systems not recognising him as a person.

The programming fault means that when an employee puts the word 'null' into the surname box on an IT system, it will recognise the word as meaning 'an absence of data', and refuse to validate it. 

The glitch often results in an IT failure where Raven isn't billed for the item he has bought. 

But Raven is quick to point out that he didn't change his name to get free stuff. Rather, he claims he did it to reflect his estrangement from his family.  He chose the word "null" because, he said "it means nothing, meaning I am not connected to my 'family' in any way anymore."

APPLICATION

The story people pick up on here isn’t the real story.  This isn’t a story about getting free stuff. It’s a story about the great void in this young man’s life in the absence of a loving family -- a void that is felt so deeply that he chose to change his name to Null.

Sadly, there are countless others who feel the same way. But just because you grew up in a dysfunctional home, that doesn’t mean your name has to be “Null.”

Instead, you can chose to turn to your Father in Heaven, Who loves you with an everlasting love. And although your earthly family may have abandoned you--leaving you feeling distant and alone--your Father in Heaven will never do that.  Rather, He promises to fill you with His love, and He welcomes you into His eternal family, the Church, and into the fellowship of Christ’s love. 

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love" (John 15:9). 

"[Father] I [Jesus] am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me" (John 17:23, NLT). 

Championship Fathering

Fatherhood Commitment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-09

Scripture: Joshua 24:15

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Jenner Kids Unsure About Father's Day

Fatherhood Worship Sexuality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-08

Scripture: Psalms 86:12 ; John 4:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Shamed Daughter Jumps to Her Death

Fatherhood Discipline (Corrective) Shame

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Fathers, Find Your Own Golden Pond

Fatherhood Communication Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-21

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4 ; James 1:19

Author: Paul Asay / Illustration Exchange
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Fatherhood God the Father God's Care

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-21

Author: Paul Asay / Illustration Exchange
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A Direct Reflection of Your Parenting

Fatherhood Character Success

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-18

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

Author: Proactive Coaching / Illustration Exchange
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Higher Than The President's Fatherhood Pledge

Fatherhood Responsibility Trust (In God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-18

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:7 ; Psalms 78:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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