9 Things Being A Dad Has Taught Me About God

The Morgan boys in Red River, New Mexico.

I love being a dad. One of the greatest accomplishments in my life is that I am the father of four amazing boys. One of my new struggle as a parent has been letting a son go into the Army, not because I didn’t want him to go, but because I won’t see or hear from him as often. As many of you know, my son Taylor, left last week for basic training in Ft. Benning, GA. We heard from him this past Saturday night, after 5 days of wondering how he was. He sounded good and was still excited about being there. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I looked at my phone and caller ID said it was him. He said that may be his last phone call until Christmas, but he wasn’t sure. Hopefully within the week we’ll have an address for him and be able to start writing.

The bible tells us that our relationship with God is like a Father to a child so being a parent has taught me a lot about God these last few years. Everyday it seems I learn a lesson about God from my relationship with my boys.  Here are a few things I’m learning…

  1. God LOVES it when I talk (pray) to Him. How do I know this? Because I love it when my boys take time to talk to me. Iwas SO excited when Taylor called and I could hear his voice.  I have no doubt that God feels the same way when He hears from me. I love talking to all my boys, no matter the subject. No doubt God feels the same way.
  2. God wants me to be happy.  I want what is best for my children and I want them to be happy, as long as they are doing what is right. God wants the exact same for me.
  3. God’s greatest desire is a relationship with me. I remember the day each of my children were born thinking to myself, “My greatest desire is to get to know my son.” Today that hasn’t changed. I still desire to have a relationship with my boys. I’m willing to go to any length to mature and keep those relationships alive and thriving. God has the same desire with us. He wants a relationship with us so badly that He was willing to give up His son.
  4. Although it hurts Him, He still loves me when I do wrong. My heart breaks when my children do something I’ve told them not to do, but it NEVER makes me stop loving them. It is impossible for them to ever do anything that would make me stop loving them. So why is it we think God doesn’t love us anymore when we disobey Him?
  5. God has got to love hearing praise. God has got to LOVE hearing things like, “I love you,” and “Thank You,” and “You’re a good Father.” Why do I believe that? Because all parents love hearing their children say things like that.
  6. God loves watching me have fun and enjoy life. I love watching my kids play, have fun and experience life. I smile when I hear my children laugh and see them enjoying the things I’ve given them. God has got to love watching His children enjoy the things He’s given them.
  7. It must frustrate God when I worry about things. I can’t imagine the frustration of having one of my children worry about me providing for him. I can’t imagine one of my kids saying, “Dad, are you sure you’re going to be able to feed me, clothe me and take care of me?” I would say, “What do you think I am, a horrible father?  Stop worrying.  I’m going to take care of you.” But we still worry and God probably sits back and thinks, “Why are you worrying? Have I ever not been able to meet your needs?”
  8. God hates it when I fight and argue with others. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING frustrates me more than when my children fight and argue with one another. IT DRIVES ME CRAZY to hear my kids saying things like, “He’s in my seat,” “He’s looking out my window,” “He’s breathing my air,” “He touched me,” or “He started it.” Hearing those things makes me want to choke everyone involved, because the argument is always over the stupidest things. I can imagine God wanting to choke us when we fight, argue and fuss. It must make God incredibly angry to have his children fighting over things that don’t really matter, even to the point of splitting churches and ripping apart relationships.
  9. God loves me more than I’ll ever be able to comprehend. If a doctor came in today and said, “In order for your child to live, you must give up something that’s going to cause you to die,” I’d say, “Where do I sign up.” As a parent, we love our children so much, we’d die for them. Our love for our children is greater than they’ll ever comprehend. I have no doubt that God loves us SO much, we’ll never be able to comprehend it either.

So, have you learned anything about God from being a parent?

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Scott says:

    Another great marriage and family post.m thanks for the article. I will be sharing this.

  2. Candace Brassfield says:

    I have learned a lot about trust and faith in God when I became a parent! When we found out our son was going to have open heart surgery I had to leave everything at God’s feet and know that no matter what God would take care of him … And he did!

  3. Greg England says:

    Okay … I don’t think as a father I am supposed to enjoy hearing my children play musical instruments to me??? Maybe I’m confusing that with religious churchy stuff.

    Great post, Trey. I have learned the same lessons from my children. Hope you hear from Taylor sooner than Christmas!

  4. Rick Morgan says:

    The best dad ever is waiting for us to go to him when we need him…that’s always!

  5. Franklin Wood says:

    I’ve learned that God wants our hearts more than our rituals.
    I overheard a teenager say, “I feel horrible that I can never finish a prayer at night…I always go to sleep.”
    A wise, older Christian replied, “Don’t ever feel guilty about that…if you fall asleep while praying it means you’re falling asleep in your Father’s arms! God is more happy that you’re with Him than you finishing your speech!”
    I also think this shows up in the Prodigal Son story. When the wayward son returns, the Father doesn’t wait for an elaborate apology complete with kneeling, kissing his feet and sobbing, but revels in the fact that His son has come home.
    I hope that my boys love our rituals together. However, if those rituals end or change, I sure hope they don’t mind just spending time with me.

  6. Love the “100% Gringo” tee-shirt. LOL :)
    God bless all the Morgans.

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