That phrase, “Lucy, I’m home,” is well known from the Lucille Ball show from decades ago as Desi Arnaz, her TV husband and husband in real life, would come into the scene and tell her he’s home. Maybe you have never seen the show, but it is well known. It is also my favorite part of the show.
I sat Wednesday afternoon on the love seat in our living room receiving text from our middle child about the location my wife and children were in as they made their way home from Georgia. Yes, we were only separated for a couple days, but I miss my family when we are not together. They have my heart in big ways. It was so cool when our two dogs and I opened the doors that all of us were excited to see each other!
When I am home alone, there are some good things and some bad things. I eat wrong when are a part (I do that at other times too, but worse at these times). I enjoy sleeping stretched out across the bed (but I miss my wife too). I could go on, but I will stop there.
One of the things that I do a lot of when we aren’t together is to pray for each member of my family much until we are back together. In fact, these two days a part have been extremely insightful and strong. God has called me to love, lead, provide for, share with and so much more for this family. I also realize that many other things and people seek the attention of my family. I have to fight to love and share with them.
As my girls get older there will be boys who fight for my girls’ attention. Our son is eat up with a video game that takes much of his attention. It is hard but important for their mother and I to seek to guide and love them through these times. Parenting isn’t for cowards. Having kids isn’t for the faint of heart.
Being a great and godly dad isn’t easy, but today was one of those “Lucy, I’m home” moments that I will cherish. But I will also continue to teach them to love God, to think great thoughts, to plan to be successful and to make great choices. I cannot make all that happen; yet their mother and I can have a huge influence on their lives. To not plan to make a difference in their lives is to do wrong and misuse the blessings that God has given their mom and me.
Here are some verses that I have been claiming:
James 5:16 NASB
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
Hebrews 10:24 NASB
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
Ephesians 6:4 NASB
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Psalm 103:17 NLT
But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children