The Journey 177: "MY Dad"
My Dad: It was all about his dad. Tim Tebow the New York Jets quarter back was the main attraction as he spoke on Father's day on how his father Bob, had influenced him in his life, in his faith and in his sports. Around 26,000 people flocked to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium to hear Tim as he recalled the role of his father in his life. He was a special guest for a ceremony titled, "Father's Day 2012: Encouraging Men To Live, Love & Lead,". Tim in his speech stressed the need for role models for the next generation, and shared to the people how his dad was one for him. According to Tebow, "It was something very special watching my dad, how he acted, how he treated my mom, how he treated my four siblings, and that's where I learned the most from my dad is because it wasn't about what he said, it was about what he did. For Tim remembering his dad, the model and the faith that he has passed on him and to his siblings is something that he will always want to carry throughout his life. Here is a famous athlete who wants to be proud and be a part of his rich spiritual heritage of his family and transmit it to the next generation. What is a spiritual heritage according to the Word of God and how does this spiritual heritage helps in the transformation of an individual and a family. This week we are meditating on the theme " Transformation in our Family" based on Joshua 24: 1-5. This is one of the passages in the Bible where the leader of a nation is asking them to look back into history and be thankful to God for the way He led their fathers and their forefathers, and how their past generation was blessed because God was with them and they were a special nation to God. It is this wonderful past that Joshua reminds the people and ask them that they should never forget their glorious past and their present faith living should be reflection of their wonderful past of God leading the nation. Joshua affirms that all the blessing that they have received today is because of God and hence they needed to be faithful to God. Here is Joshua reminding the people of their rich spiritual heritage. What is the relevance of spiritual heritage today in our faith living. One of the saddest things that happened today is the way people condemn their parents because of their faith and the way people leave one church to move to another church saying that neither their family, parents or church has given them anything in life in terms of spiritual nourishment. In such a context what they forget is that faith living and faith nurturing is life long process where parents, and the community of faith starts transmitting to the child faith nurturing patterns to the child as the child is raised up. But once the child is fit to walk by itself it is tragic to see the grown up child denying everything that the parents and church did for them. It is in remembering your spiritual heritage we understand where our spiritual foundation is.