Trying NOT to be like Dad


All my life there is probably no one that I loved and respected more than my dad.

When you have a dad who loves God, loves his family and models what it means to be a mature Godly man, why look anywhere else for a role model?! The funny thing was that other than loving God and the Oregon Ducks (in that order) we were different. Different in temperament, Different in spiritual gifts. Different in the sports we played. Dad was reasoned in response and I am more intuitive. Dad was mercy driven and I am more creative-driven to people’s needs. Dad was a quiet support leader and, well… I like the spotlight!

“We are made in HIS image with HIS purpose in mind. Listen and learn from your mentor but BE like Jesus because… there is no win in comparison! “Pastor Ken

My point? Even with the greatest role model and father figure one could have (and I did!)… there is no win in comparison!

I remember graduating from seminary and teaching a parenting class at my church. The video explained that if a child is raised in a vibrant healthy Christian home they will always come back to those values. It suddenly hit me… all my insecurities about being “smarter, wiser, clever” came from comparing myself to my dad’s strengths!

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. “Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Instead of realizing God made me unique and special in His eyes, I was trying to be like Dad! Now there is nothing wrong with being taught and learning from other’s strengths, especially from fantastic father/mother/mentors, but their very job with all their strengths and wisdom is to point us to Jesus.

And like dad did… to teach us that each of us is uniquely made in the image of God. We are made in HIS image with HIS purpose in mind. Listen and learn from your mentor but BE like Jesus because… there is no win in comparison!

Learning from others but following Jesus with you,
Pastor Ken
February 6, 2018