Finding Home: Jim Daly on His Imperfect Path to Faith and Family
- Sunday, October 14, 2007
What do you think is the greatest hope for families today? So many—in the church and without—are broken, so many children's hearts are broken when their families split up.
It is so obvious. A family that puts Christ in the center, although not perfect, will have love and the strength to get through the tough times.
How do you define home?
A loving family.
How much of finding home for you was in your relationship with God, and how much was in establishing your own family?
What does it mean when God says to us that he is our father? Jesus said we should call him “abba father,” which is similar to daddy. At times as a child, and especially as a teenager, I felt him close to me. Typically, I noticed him in my circumstances. I sensed he cared for me. I don’t think we understand how real his love is for us.
As for my family, there are days I blow it, and yes, I can sense the Lord being displeased with me, and it makes me want to try harder.
For those who are hurting and broken, and still searching for love, who have not been able to establish families of their own, what comfort would you offer them?
I would encourage them to consider that they are part of a family. Like me, they are adopted into the family of God. What greater privilege is there? He has chosen you to be part of his family. Now, reach out to another and share the good news with them. Be a comfort to the broken hearted. There is tremendous healing in caring for others. I always felt there were others in more pain than me. Keeping others in mind helps keep your heart tender in this life.
Why do you think it is a mistake to try and save others and ourselves from experiencing brokenness?
To most of us, the idea of having a broken spirit feels like having the plague. Being broken is very real to me. Perhaps that’s a good state for the human heart to be in—at least for a season. Certainly it’s tempting to mask our pain through the distraction of entertainment, work and sports. Pain hurts, and who wants that? Yet, in spite of our best efforts to avoid brokenness, being undone appears to be a prerequisite for many people to come to a relationship with God. I know such was the case for me. I’ve found that when I am broken, I can finally understand how totally dependent I am on God. Truly, he has fashioned the splintered pieces of my life into a remarkable mosaic.
After pursuing careers in sales and international business, Jim Daly became a member of the Focus on the Family team in 1989. Since then he has risen through the company until becoming President and CEO in 2005. He lives with his wife of twenty six years, Jean, and their two sons, in Colorado Springs.
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