I know lots of people who put the church before their family. I’m not one of them. I think it is supposed to go…God…Family…Church. Or something like that. When I read that, I realize that I am REALLY screwed up. Because I probably put my family before God on a daily basis. Not that this is right mind you. Just truth. God is so invisible to me most days, and my family is SO VISIBLE. So I beat myself over the head, day in and day out, because I am such a blind pastor.
Then I get a moment of clarity.
The love that beats in my chest for my family can only come from one place. My Lord. And in loving them, I am loving Him. And in serving them, I am serving Him. And in kissing them, I am kissing Him. And in beating them…anyways.
God leaps from the pages of His Word and takes form in the child like faith I see in my children. God leaps from His Word and takes form in the sacrificial love I see from my wife.
God is so intermingled in the yoke of my familia that there is barely room for seperation. Yes I can talk to Him alone. And I do. But why, when I can see Him so clearly when I get home from work and Sohaila and Seanna sprint towards me with a love I will never comprehend?
So yea. I guess I do put God first.
But I need help from 4 people to pull it off.

I am beginning a 21 Day journey on the deeper meaning of family, fatherhood, and faith. I will share my journey here.
Daley Hake spent this evening with the Whittaker’s and took some amazing photographs.
His work will be the backdrop to my writing.


Check out this whole series on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood here