Once there was a kid named Billy, who said, “I wish my dad was my dad.” He hoped his dad would become an active part of his life, not just in word but in deeds.

Titles can have little effect on others because of one’s lack of humility that builds character. The ministry comes in when one is able to show another what it took to get to a certain place. It reveals the obstacles he overcame to get to where he is and the lessons he learned while trying to become a better person. We learn with the help of the Lord.

Clara-Bell was Billy’s kid sister, who did everything seemingly possible to get on Billy’s nerves. But he never let her know, and she was none the wiser. Because Billy was the apple of her eye, he knew as well not to hurt her feelings. When they grew older, Clara-Bell found out how she’d gotten on her brothers last nerve as Billy lovingly would tease her.

Billy had adopted some parental-like characteristics over the years. Some characteristics came with maturity in life, whether it was from observing others or learning right from wrong in Sunday school classes.

Life teaches us if we choose to learn from it. Billy didn’t ask for a little sister, but he had one. And he learned how to take care of her by being present with her. This caused him to come to the conclusion that he wished his dad was his dad. He wanted his dad to just be present.

In life, we may be fortunate to have both parents to raise and cultivate us. Some may have one parent to nurture them. Others may have been adopted and cared for just the same.

Billy and Clara-Bell learned about another father in Sunday school. His name is Abba Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that we can all become his children.

He will never leave us nor forsake us. Through every step of our lives, he will be there. When we are adopted into his family, old things are passed away, all things become new.

He’s not only our father, but he calls us friend. He besets us and goes before us and orders our steps. We never have to worry because he says that we can cast our care on him because he cares for us.

By faith, we receive Jesus Christ/Abba Father into our hearts by doing as the Scripture says.

When we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts, we become heirs in the kingdom of God. The promises in him are yea and amen. As we form a relationship with him, we practice having faith in his word.

This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

The late Pamela Young was a native of Goldsboro. She wrote this column for the March 14, 2020, News Argus.

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