Today’s CliffNotes is a guest post by Bryan Brown –
This year, I was out of town on business on my birthday. The evening before my trip, I came home to Beatrice, my three year old, shrieking from the bathtub, “Close your eyes, Dado! It’s a surprise!” She quickly leapt from the tub into her pajamas, and galloped down the stairs. “Close them! Are they closed?” she demanded as she giddily led me by the hand to the playroom. When I opened my eyes, I was presented with a beautifully crafted mobile that she and Mama had created. She had set out that morning to gather materials for my gift, carefully choosing the perfect rocks, sticks, and bits of string. Each piece was a moment in her everyday: a pebble from the park, a crooked branch from the magnolia tree in our yard, yarn from Mama’s sewing table. It was a day in her life intentionally lived and offered as a gift of love to her father.
On this Father’s Day, as we celebrate our earthly fathers, we have a chance to respond to our heavenly Father with the same kind of intentional celebration. It pleases His heart when we turn our affection toward him in worship and prayer. He truly delights in our ordinary days, when we live them with His pleasure in mind.
The General Thanksgiving says it well:
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
The best Father’s Day present you can offer your heavenly Father is YOU.