4. Paul, Spiritual Father to Titus and Timothy
Influential fathers come into our lives in many different forms. While we all have a biological father, many of us also have other men that have shaped and formed our lives in significant ways.
When former President of the United States Gerald R. Ford learned he was adopted at 12 years old, he recalled that it didn’t have a major impact on him because of his relationship with his adopted dad. He remembered, “Dad and I had the closest, most intimate relationship. We acted alike. We had the same interests. I thought we looked alike."
The lack of a biological connection didn’t diminish the impact of Ford’s adopted father on his life.
The apostle Paul called several men in the Bible his “sons,” a clear reference to their close relationship. He referred to Timothy several times as his son (including I Timothy 1:2 and 2 Timothy 2:1) and called Titus, “my true son in our common faith” (Titus 1:4). In letters written to both these men in the New Testament, Paul provided them with encouragement and guidance for godly Christian living undergirded by love.
Perhaps you have a father, or a significant role model, who writes notes of encouragement or provides helpful guidance.
Just as Paul taught Timothy and Titus how to live out their Christian faith, the gentle leadership of a father to provide instruction to his children is a meaningful example to honor.
Why not write your own notes or letters of gratitude?
Ask God to highlight the men in your life who have played an indelible part of shaping your character and your faith story. As you reflect on the many reasons you are thankful for these father figures in your life, especially for the biblical traits they exemplify that have encouraged you in your spiritual journey, why not write a note of gratitude? Rather than simply a Hallmark sentiment, let it be a blessing, inspired by God’s word.
Lisa Samra was born and raised in Texas, Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas and earned a Master of Biblical Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Lisa now lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., with her husband, Jim, and their four children. She is a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread, and her work has also appeared in a variety of publications and online sites. Lisa loves to travel and often finds inspiration from experiencing the beauty of diverse cultures, places and people. Lisa enjoys good coffee, running and reading, just not all at the same time.
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