Father’s Day 2018: God’s Call To An Extra-ordinary Life
This time last year I was staying in Andros, The Bahamas. I spent time with the folks in the Cargill Creek Church. This was the first time I could call myself "Dad", as months earlier we adopted a beautiful little girl named Shaneillia. This week Shaneillia and I are in Florida with the folks at Transformation Ministries. She surprised me with a two page hand made card which said "You're The Best Dad. I Love You!" Awwww. The Journey of fatherhood. I was upset at her earlier today. My car had a flat tire, so we both shared in the experience of changing the flat. On the way to the tire store, she hangs something in the roof of the car that could dirty that really clean "roofing". I got mad and shouted at her. What is she thinking...messing up my Acura? (smh). There are some things a kid will never think through. At nine years old, I cannot expect her to process certain actions. But that still does not mean I cannot expect her to think about her actions, and it is my job to develop critical thinking skills. Oh yes, I realize that I place a lot of stock in my stuff (My Acura...bye bye always clean interior..bye bye scratch free anything). We had a few words, then she was silent for a while. I made up to her by offering her $10 if she would help me wash the car. You should have seen the big smile on her face..Money!! I had to get her talking again so I asked her questions about her brother and family back home. That was all she needed, as she talked for another 30 minutes till we got to MacDonald's. She got a vanilla Sundae. What a journey it has been since the day we adopted her. My life has never been the same. Not only have I learned so much about me, but I find myself learning more about God in the process. My level of dependence on God has also grown as I must seek of Him to provide for our every need. This decision to adopt a child I will call "My Boat". The journey of life involves a series of getting out of the boat decisions, or not!