“The buck stops here” is a phrase made popular by former U.S. President Harry Truman in response to the other common phrase, “pass the buck.”  Truman’s Oval Office sign simply meant that taking responsibility sometimes meant NOT passing on the difficult decisions or actions.

In our devotional “Time With God for Fathers,” by Jack Countryman, he addresses this issue using the framework of Luke 12: 8-9…

“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.

That means as fathers, we are responsible for the spiritual development of our families, especially our children. Like it or not, we will imprint our character, good, bad or indifferent, on our children. This verse reminds us to reflect God’s character and share His influence openly with our children.

We also shared a devotional today about taking that reflection of God’s character to loving our neighbor.  Exodus 20 commands us to reflect Christ’s love with those around us, also reminds us to avoid petty jealousy:

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

This is then referenced again by Jesus in Matthew 22: 37-40…

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jack Countryman reminds us here to take time each day as we mentor children to point out the power of God’s presence all around us.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd