07 Apr

I sat across from him and wondered to myself…how could it have gotten this bad? His life, once full of promise, had spiralled into a world of meth, alcohol and abuse. At only 30 yrs old he was ready to quit. The only thing that kept him alive was that he could not bear the thought of leaving his three kids behind. His estranged wife had “moved on” and was already with another guy (actually her 2nd “other guy”).

There he sat…looking at me kind of blankly… I don’t think he really expected me to help much. Ya see he was a church kid and had heard it all before….. “God loves you and has a great plan for your life”, “Lean on Jesus”, “God won’t bless the immorality in your life”, “what you are going through is a natural consequence of the choices you have made” ….blah, blah, blah! …

In a simple act of frustration I said the following…”“Those kids of yours that you love so much…all they want is to be close to their dad! They don’t care about your past…to them you are their HERO…start acting like it!” (yea I know, not my most compassionate moment)

He would tell me later that those words pierced him. At that moment he seemed to realize that someone else in his world needed him to be different, needed him to be better….needed him to be daddy.  He is now (many months later) part of a growing group of folks in our church who are coming back to their faith because they realized that their kids were going to follow their examples.  He has embraced his faith with both arms and is not just involved but is leading others to be involved as well.

Now he “walks with the Lord”…closely

THE POINT: Every one of us has people who look up to us. For a lot of us it is our kids.

As we examine our lives can I honestly encourage my kids to  “imitate me”?.

(1 Corinthians 4:16Therefore I urge you to imitate me”.)

Or do I need to encourage them to ignore me?

Dads/Moms, you ARE your children’s HEROES.


2 responses to “HERO WEEK: “We IMITATE Our HEROES” 4-7-11

  1. Todd

    April 7, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I have to say that “imitation” can be well grounded or a charade. Sometimes trying to live up to a perceived standard that others “should want to imitate” is a lot of pressure. If it’s all on the outside to look “good” for others it can be really nauseating. (I’ve lived in Dallas, I know what I’m talking about). If the imitation is from within, trying to imitate the motivation or the spirit, then I think there is not as much pressure. I also believe that there is just as much of a chance that one’s actions can be misinterpreted if looked at out of context or without intimacy. Take Jesus’ statements at the last supper. This is my body….., this is my blood…… Both of these are sincere, motivated from love, and intimate with those that were with Him at the time. How twisted these statements can become with so little effort.

  2. Me

    April 18, 2011 at 4:26 am

    That was exactly what I needed to hear from my Lord.
    Thank you Hixon for making the choice to be a HERO.


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