Do you have a father story?
For good or bad, our dads cast a long shadow across our lives.
Readers of this blog likely know that my biological dad, stepdad and foster dad all let me down – and all by the time I turned 13.
While the majority of people may not have suffered from that degree of disappointment, sadly, my challenges coming from a broken home are no longer that unusual.
According to the most recent data, a quarter of children – or 17.4 million – live in a home without a dad.
A new documentary by the Kendrick Brothers (“War Room” & “Courageous”) aims to shine a bright light on the connection between our earthly, imperfect dads and our Heavenly Father, who can ultimately meet our every need.
It’s called, “Show Me the Father” and it opens this Friday, September 10th.
I was privileged to participate in the project, and have been praying that my story, warts and all, might minister to those who will be watching.
Stephen and Alex Kendrick see the film as a calling – not simply another creative project.
According to Stephen, “God said, ‘You need to make this documentary about fatherhood.’ So we moved forward by faith, and we were able to connect with some of the coolest, most emotional stories about fatherhood. We took some of the most powerful truths about the fatherhood of God, put it all together and prayed over it.”
“We want people to learn how to relate to God as the perfect Father they’ve always wanted and longed for, but never had,” the father of six added. “The fatherhood of God was the design for God creating fatherhood on Earth. All the roles that dad is supposed to play on Earth come from God’s roles in our lives.”
In addition to my story, the documentary features my friend and pastor Dr. Tony Evans, along with former NFL’s Deland McCullough, Sherman Smith, and Eddie George. Alex and Stephen also share their own story.
It’s not an understatement to suggest that in most instances, as goes the father, so goes the family.
It’s tough to go through life with a father who’s either physically or emotionally absent. But don’t take my word for it; just look at the statistics. They’ll show you how things go awry when a dad’s not at home.
· 71 percent of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
· 85 percent of all youth in prison come from fatherless homes.
· 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes.
If you’re a single parent mom, pour Christ into the hearts of your children. He is the answer and the antidote to these statistics. I’m living proof. Christ raised me out of poverty and delivered me from those tough situations. He is The Father that will never leave you.
Indeed, our Heavenly Father remains available to us twenty-fours a day, seven days a week. He will never let us down.
I hope you’ll support this film. Again, it opens Friday September 10th – and share news of it with your friends and family.Click here to find out where you see it in your area – and let us know what you think!