“Where is Justin?” The voice bellowed through the crowded room, wafting its way through the house cluttered with family members of all shapes and sizes.
“Present and accounted for,” came the reply from the patio, where was seated four persons obviously engaged in a competitive game of dominoes.
(Penned by God’s Character)
I’ve heard this phrase “present and accounted for” several times and I never really thought anything of it until recently.
This phrase suggests not only that the person being called is there, but that you can definitely give an account of their presence because someone(s) can attest to it because they are not just hiding away in some corner and no one knows that they are there.
No! They are definitely there, active, making their presence known.
If you are one of the many people like me, you would have grown up without a father in your life. Or maybe you might have grown up in a family with a father who lived in the same house as you but was always gone or otherwise occupied that he really was not present in your life.
But if you were one of the fortunate ones, you would have grown up in a family where your father was not just there, but, he was active in your life.
God is our Heavenly Father. He did not just create us and leave us here to fend for ourselves. He watches over us, He loves and cares for us. He is present and accounted for in our lives. This is the clearest example of how fathers are to be to their children.
Fathers have got to step up and play an active role in the lives of their children.
They have to play their part in molding and shaping their children’s lives.
Working hard to only provide a secure environment and all the wants of your child is not what it means to be a good father.
Good fathers are present and accounted for!
Today as we begin this new year, let us pray for fathers. Let us pray that fathers will spend quality time with their children and be inspiring to them, and show them love by being