Faith Focus: Faith of our fathers

Chris, Keith and Dan Malloy are surfing legends. They are known throughout the surfing community for their looks and skill. They’re also known for their decision to stop participating in surfing competitions so they could focus purely on enjoying the surf.

Now they travel the world chasing the oceans’ greatest waves – no matter how isolated the surf may be.Their desire to enjoy nature and the water comes from their father. Growing up, they were “just trying to keep up with the old man.” In many ways, their lives still are tributes to him.

We learn so much from our parents. Like the Malloys, much of what we learn is simply absorbed through observation. Our experiences are part of us. They shape us more than we realize.

That’s why healthy families are so critical, and why Buckner puts so much effort into building and strengthening them. We understand that the health of families has far-reaching effects that impact generations. Parents with strong relationships with Christ and each other underscore the importance of their children needing a relationship with Christ.

Many times in the Bible, the relationship between father and his children is used to help us understand what our relationship should be like with God. When families are healthy, children more easily understand these passages of Scripture. 

“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.” -2 Corinthians 6:18

Evangelist D.L. Moody underscored the point this way: “A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian … and most of all his family ought to know.”

This week, I pray that each of you have families grounded in the gospel, shining hope to those nearest to you.

Deeper reflection:

  • How can your family reflect a strong relationship with Christ?
  • Why do you believe families are important?

Next steps:

  • This week, read a passage of the Bible together as a family. Then discuss it.  

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