In a country where there are fewer and fewer good, Godly men. Fathers who love Jesus and their families deserved to be recognized and praised. In that light, I am extremely blessed to have my Father, Larry Robert Deeter. No other man has shaped me into who I am today like my father. In reflecting this past week there are few things he has taught me through word and action that has been vital to who I am.
1. A love for the Gospel
My Dad is a Pastor. I grew up and heard him week after week on Sunday mornings. A message I heard over and over is that our own righteousness fails and we need the righteousness given to us in Christ. He never skipped over this truth or got tired of preaching it. Seeing the evidence of God’s grace and mercy in his own life and the humility as he proclaimed it, made the Gospel of Jesus Christ marvelous to this wicked sinner. Through his influence and example I began to see that the message of the Bible is true and the Jesus needs to be my Lord and Savior as well.
2. Prioritizing Family
My Dad is a family man. He loves his wife and his three sons. One of the best things about my Dad is how he was always available. Throughout my childhood he would often work at home and would make spending time with his children a priority. His presence was always warming and welcoming and he always viewed raising us boys as his joy, not his burden. As I’ve begun my own family now as I’m married to my wonderful wife Kaitlyn, I’ve learned to keep family a priority over work and ministry. I’ve learned from him that the most important ministry I will ever do is not in the church, but within the walls of my home as I lead and encourage my wife and raise and disciple my future children.
3. Patience and Contentment
My Dad is patient. He images God well here, because he is slow to anger and abounding in love. He rarely got anxious or acted out of hostile emotion. He is a patient, spirit filled man. He is content with where the Lord places him and is patient to wait on the Lord for His timing and His leading. Somehow by God’s grace, I’ve managed to pick up this trait from my Dad and I inherited it from his example.
4. Daily depending on Grace
My Dad is not a perfect man. He’s made mistakes and has had his failures as all of us have. However he depends daily on the grace of God. He humbly comes before the Lord Jesus Christ when he stumbles or falls. He taught me that when I mess up I do not need to run from God but to God. When I fail, God isn’t someone I should fear because Christ has paid the punishment for my sin. He taught me to daily walk in God’s grace as a humble man dependent on the mercy of God.
I could go on and on about what my Dad has taught me. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have such a Godly Dad. As I honor my Dad on Fathers Day I thank God for him. I hope that now as I am my own man, I would make him proud as a a man, husband, pastor, and one day in the future, a Father… And Dad on the off chance that you end up reading this, Happy Fathers Day