Proverbs 19 6-19-22

My dad went to be with Jesus five years ago, but dads don’t have to be blood related. I now have two!

21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Robin’s dad, Herb Rainbolt, is 91. He and I have built fence together, sided a house together, played a lot of games as partners, and recently fixed his lawn mower (zero turn!) and shook down an apricot tree. I have always thought of him as my second dad–for 40 years.

Our executive pastor, Robert Griffin, was my pastor when I was in high school and college. His son, Dale, was Best Man at Robin’s and my wedding, I dated his daughter in high school, and harassed his little brother, Ray Neil. They have always treated me like family, but since Mom and Dad died, they have adopted Robin and me as their own kids.

Dads are good for advice. They have walked where I am now walking. I would do well to learn from their experience, wisdom and insight. The verse right before today’s Proverbs verse is,

20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
    and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

How does the LORD’s purpose prevail in our lives? By us listening to advice and accepting discipline. A humble heart is ultimately a happy heart. I love the promise in this verse: At the end, I will be counted among the wise. I can only think that “the wise” includes Herb and Robert. Happy Father’s Day, you two.

Abba, thank You for providing such important men in my life. My dad, Herb, and Robert were/are men after Your own heart. I want that same heart, LORD. One of these days, I’m going to grow up and be just like them. May it be so, Abba, may it be so! Amen.

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