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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: father vs Father
By Andrew Curtis


My father has been with me every step of my life. He has supported me and aided me in getting back on my feet several times. I wouldn't change him for anyone in the world. His taught me values that I failed to learn. He tried teaching me everything he possibly could and allowed me to make my own mistakes, always telling me it was okay and showing me what I could learn from them.

There have been many times that I have disagreed with him and have even been quite infuriated with him at times. He never showed me anything but love. I have treated him worse than I would treat my worst enemy in the past. He sometimes got frustrated with me but he never threw up his hands and walked away from me, even if he really wanted to. He has yet to give up on me.

I've stole money from him, lied to him and betrayed him. I know he gets upset at me and may sometimes wish I could be a different person, but he has never suggested this to me or even acknowledged that I was a failure on any level. I had wedged a split between us and kept my distance from him for many years. He consistently kept trying to be a part of my life.

I have another father who treats me even better than this. One who doesn't get frustrated with me or want to throw up his hands and walk away. My Heavenly Father is incapable of showing me anything but love. I have turned my back on him, yet he has waited for me to turn around. I have yelled and cursed at him, he has waited for me to calm down. I have lied to him, he has understood and waited for my honesty.

In many ways, my earthly and Heavenly Father are the same. They are both supportive and loving, but only God can show me ultimate love. My dad cannot fix all of my problems, he can only feel my heartache and understand my anger. God however, can walk me through the fires and let me know that everything will be okay on the other side.

As much as I would hate for it to happen, my dad can fail me. He is not the perfect father that God is. He can love me, but situations will change the way he feels about me. God will never change his mind about me. He always wants me to be his child and have a relationship with him. I cherish the thought that God and my dad only want what's best for me. Only God though, wants the best for me in eternity.

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Carol Shaffron06/13/05
Reminds me of the scripture, rebellion is in the heart of the child, and the rod of correction drives it out. Though my earthly father did not model our Father in Heaven, our Heavenly Father knows how to drive the rebellion out with loving kindness and removing all the guilt and shame of our rebelliousness.
dub W06/18/05
Your focus is in the right place. Keep writing, you have much to say.
Shari Armstrong 06/18/05
A nice comparison and contrast piece.
c clemons06/19/05
From your writing you only say good things about your earthly Dad so I wonder why there is still a wedge between you. The scripture says to "Honor your Father and Mother so that your days may be long upon the earth. This is the first commandment with promise." You say so much in this story yet so much isn't said. You have the ability to fix it.