Advocate

LawyerThere are occasions where I’ve needed an advocate. This is someone who speaks for me. My advocate needs to know everything about me so that they can defend me and direct me. An advocate provides a different perspective – they see different solutions for my situation. An advocate can be an attorney, a spokesperson, a friend, a counselor, parent, sibling or co-worker. I am thankful for my earthly advocates. I came across a small passage in the Gospel of John this morning where Jesus is promising an Advocate. Check this out…

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (John 14:15-17 NLT)

Jesus is talking to His disciples about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a foreign subject to them but they will soon learn first-hand about the Holy Spirit’s Power and Presence in them. Jesus is giving them a heads up. He is also trying to comfort them because He’s leaving them to return to the Father.  I believe that they were probably pretty emotional about His leaving them and the Holy Spirit is to be a Presence and an Advocate.  As I’m writing this, I’m also thinking about how as a Dad, I’m also and advocate for my kids. As a husband, I’m an advocate for my wife. I’m also an advocate for my friends, my clients, customers, agents & employees.

I’m thankful for my Advocate (aka The Holy Spirit), who gives me counsel, direction, comfort, peace by His Presence.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

(Note: As I was writing this yesterday, my youngest son woke up early and came into the living room and sat with me and talked. I realized again what a blessing to be his advocate – so I published this a day late. It was worth it. #advocate)

Lead & Parent

IMG_8462-33One of the most rewarding things in my life has been the privilege of being a Dad. Parenting is the most fulfilling part of my life and at times the most frustrating part of my life. As a Dad to five kids, I’ve felt a tremendous amount of responsibility. I’ve also received blessings beyond my ability to count. I have 5 amazing kids who love the Lord and love me. There have been times where my role was unpopular as I tried to give guidance and direction. Check this out…

 12 Apply your heart to instruction

    and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;

    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod

    and save them from death.
15 My son, if your heart is wise,

    then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice

    when your lips speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,

    but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,

    and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:12-18 NIV)

 

I feel like King Solomon is giving these wise sayings to his kid. I took them to heart and this morning I’m praying again for all my kids that they continue to pursue the heart of God with all that they are.  I can remember praying over them at night when they were children that “they would grow up loving God and knowing how much He loves them”.

I believe my role as a parent is to first of all be a devoted follower of God. He made me and He wired me to be like Himself. He wants me to walk in His way. He also wants me to lead my family to know Him and love Him. My actions speak louder than my words could ever speak about what I believe about the Lord. I want my life to be a constant pursuit of the Lord’s heart. I want my family to follow my lead on that.

Pressing On!
Dwayne