Not now, Son, I’m busy
Not now, Son, I’m busy
Not now, Dad, I’m busy
In Luke 15, Christ gave us the story of the prodigal son. We can learn a lesson from each of the characters – father, the younger son and the older son. Let’s examine some things about the father that Christian fathers need to imitate.
– He was patient: He never tired of watching for his wayward son.
– He was loving: When he saw his son coming, he ran to him. He hugged and kissed his son without lectures, questions or indictment.
– He was forgiving: His actions demonstrated his forgiveness. He restored his son back to his original place in the family with honor.
America stands at a crossroads. And our nation’s survival may well depend on the masculine leadership in the home. God ordained the family plan for a reason. There must be leadership in the form of authority with love, spiritual training and loving relationships in the family to maintain strength in the nation.
A recent nationwide survey was taken to determine how much time fathers were spending with their children. The results were shocking. Fathers with children between the ages of 2 and 12 were spending 12 minutes a day with their children. Twelve-minute dads, the study concluded, contribute greatly to 12-year-old delinquents.
But not all dads are 12-minute dads. Joseph M. Stowell gives this illustration: “I thoroughly enjoy working in my yard. I’ve got my own system of fertilizing my lawn, cutting it, and caring for it. One year, when my son Joe was in his early teens, I spent all spring getting the yard to look just the way I wanted. We had a basketball hoop at the end of our driveway, and on several occasions Joe came along and said, ‘Dad, let’s play basketball.’ My response was always, ‘Joe, not right now. I’m busy working in the yard.’ Or, ‘I’ve got to trim this edge here.’ Or, ‘I’ve got to do the fertilizing now.’
Later that summer, I visited a hospital on several successive nights to comfort a family whose boy – about Joe’s age – was dying. One evening as I drove home, it struck me that I had a boy just like that, that it was a great gift from God to have a healthy young son, and that I had permitted things – a lawn – to eclipse the value of time with him.
I drove down our street and saw my beautiful, green, wonderfully manicured lawn. I drove into the driveway, saw the basketball hoop, and thought, ‘I don’t care what I have to do tonight; one thing I’m going to do right now is play basketball with my son.’
So I threw open the door and yelled, ‘Hey, Joe! Let’s play basketball!’
And he said, ‘Not right now, Dad—I’m busy.’
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