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Published on June 16, 2013

Author: TheBrettJohnson

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Reflecting back on my dad, nearly 30 years after he died.
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And their children, and GodFATHERS

IT IS TRUE:• We get our concept of God largelyfrom our relationship with our fathers

GOD AS FATHER: NO PROBLEM

MY DAD AND GOD HAD THINGS IN COMMON• Size• Kindness• Dreaming big• Unconventional• Not given to rules• Cut people slack• Loved just about everybody…

HE WAS A ROMANTIC• Letters to my mom for two years• Lofty dreams, but in touch withcommon man

HE WASN’T A SMOTHERER• Taught us to be independent• Provided just in time• Physically affirming• Wrestled• Toucher, hugger

HE BELIEVED IN HIS KIDS• Each different• Each loved

HE LOVED OUR MOTHER

HE WAS AN AND MAN• Business AND church planting• Preached AND drank beer• Taught Sunday School ANDpartied• Loved old people AND youngpeople• Saints AND sinners especially

SO, HAPPILY, I HAD NO CHALLENGES WITH GODBEING MY FATHER

What was his childhood like?WHERE DID MY DAD GET THIS FROM?

HE HAD FIVE SIBLINGS• Three half-brothers• Two youngerbrothers• Cubby• Charles

HIS PARENTS WERE ESTRANGED WHEN HE WASA TEENAGER

A YEAR OR SO LATER HIS DAD CONTRACTEDCANCER• Left forEngland, died at sea• Leaving everythingto the three halfbrothers• And nothing to hispresent wife and herthree sons

BREADWINNER AT 15 YEARS OLD

THEY MOVED INTO THE HARBOR

NEDDY RAN A “MISSION TO SEAFARERS”

HE STAYED THE COURSE

LATER HE WENT TO WAR IN NORTH AFRICA

AND WAS CAPTURED AFTER ONE WEEK

HE GOT ILL, WAS SHIPPED TO ITALY…

NEXT FOUR YEARS ASA POW

CAME BACK & MARRIED A GIRL WHO WAS JUST 8 YRSOLD WHEN THEY MET (HE WAS 19)

THEY BUILT A HOUSE IN LLANDUDNO

LATER MOVED TO JOHANNESBURG

TRADED “SUCCESS” FOR MEANING

There were a few…DISAPPOINTMENTS

WAS NOT REALLY SUCCESSFUL, IN THEWORLD’S EYES• Just avoided bankruptcy after a robbery• Often battled to meet payroll• Continual health challenges• The “next year” that was going to be betterseldom came

LOSSES• Dad• Mom• Son• Illness• Business

CONTINUED RISKING, VENTURING• Cuthbert’s• Symingtons• Santa Barbara, Coral Coast• Lana Knit, with Cubby• Terese: Gowns of distinction• Insurance: Colonial Mutual• Marlyn Press ~ Fast Print

CARED FOR HIS FAMILY, WIFE, OTHERS

Looking back 30 years laterLESSONS FROM MY DAD

DISAPPOINTMENTS CAN MAKE YOU BETTER, ORBITTER

LONELINESS IS NOT DESTINATION• Pain + lossLoneliness•  Sinfulness

OVER-ANALYZING OF PARENTS:•2/10 Therapeutic•8/10 Narcissistic

MANY OF US DON’T NEED THERAPY• We need to remember correctly.(Or we need a bridgeAnd a good pair of walking shoes.)

SOME OF US DO HAVE GENUINECHALLENGES WITH FATHERSHaving said that….

• Inattentive• Distant• Absent• Uncommunicative• Demanding• Erratic• Harsh• AbusiveWE KNOW MANY WITH FATHERS WHO HAVEBEEN …

MAKING HARD TO RELATE TO:•God my father????

WOMEN CAN MAKE BAD MEN/HUSBAND CHOICES

MEN HAVE AN INABILITY TO MAKE REAL PROGRESS(NOT THE HALLMARK CARD JUNK BELOW)• Surrounded by peers at school• Go to college• Come to cities looking for spiritual fathers• Don’t find them and remain kidults: the incomeof adults, the relationships of fraternity brothers• The 1 John progression is stunted

WHO WILL CALL THEM OUT?• Osmosis• Special events• Wife• Man camp

WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET OUR VIEW OFFATHER FIXED?

THANKFULNESS AND GRATITUDE TO FATHERS• Who lacked fathering• Who grew up in adifferent era …• When men did not talk…• Let alone talk about theirfeelings…• For you.

OWNING WHAT YOU HAVE• Instead of what you didn’t get from yourfather

INNER HEALING• God’s magical erasure of timeboundaries• Going back there, being there, healing

DREAM A NEW DESTINY

MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM•victim to victor

IT MATTERS LESS HOW BAD YOUR FATHERWASBut more how good yourFather is

PERSONAL REFLECTIONSWhat can we do about gaps in our father figures?

1. IF YOU ALLOWED…• Hurt to become loneliness• Loneliness to linger• Lingering to become wallowing

2. GIVE UP YOUR IDENTITY AS A VICTIM• Cannot serve two masters• Cannot live an integrated life with a bifurcatedidentity• It is a little-known trick of satan that everygeneration thinks they had the toughest time• If “victim” has been your friend, say goodbye…today!

3. FORGIVE YOUR FATHER• Half the things you hoped for he didn’tknow you wanted• Choice to forgive• See his face, hear him say “I love you”

4. WRITE OUT A FATHERS BLESSING• What would you liketo hear from yourfather?

5. HAVE A FATHER, FRIEND READ THE BLESSINGTO/OVER YOU. RECEIVE IT.

6. EMBRACE GOD AS FATHER TODAY• Tell him, “I am glad you are myfather because…”

7. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR EARTHLY FATHER• Honor your father and your mother• Call• Letter• Card• Email• Gift… somethingBUT NO BAD NEWS SNUCK IN BETWEEN !

IN SUMMARY1. Repent2. Get a new identity: victor3. Forgive your father4. Write the blessing you want5. Have someone read it6. Embrace God with gratitude7. Communicate honor, appreciation

Grateful for the affirmation of my wife and childrenwho have made it easier to be a dad.IN CLOSING: I AM A BLESSED FATHER

Happy Fathers DayBRETT JOHNSONWWW.ABOUT.ME/THEBRETTJOHNSON

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