Honoring the Father

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I am fascinated by the political process. Throughout this election season (and many past), I have loved watching the news and keeping up. This past weekend, I watched the US presidential inauguration and inaugural balls. Politics aside, it was mesmerizing watching the members of Trump’s family at the inaugural balls. Ivanka looked like a princess in her gown, and Melania looked so stately. 

As I thought about the campaign, the inauguration, and the balls that evening, I realized something very special about the Trump children. Judging by their actions, these grown children deeply respect their father. And in all that I have seen, they honor him and consider it a privilege to stand behind him. When he asks for their help, they seem to come willingly. Their defenses of their father always appear genuine, never forced. And, at a time when reporters are digging for stories, not one of Trump’s children has given even a hint of scandal. 

As I watched Ivanka circle the ballroom, I was struck by how well she carries herself—and how that ultimately reflects honor to her father. She stands behind him with pride, and it gives us a glimpse of what kind of father he might be. Even when she’s not with him or directly talking about him, her poise, grace, and manner all reflect well back on him.

And that got me thinking about us. Whether or not Donald Trump has earned his children’s unwavering support is not my point here. The point is that our Father in heaven is always deserving of our honor. He is an incredible Father. Every morning that we rise, we experience His faithfulness. He is a good Father. As I reflect on my life, I hope that all day, every day, I reflect honor and glory on our Father through my words and actions. I want my life to be a consistent reflection of the Father’s goodness to me. 

For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. — 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

Are we honoring God and walking in a manner worthy of Him? Will your actions today reflect well on Him?

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