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The goal is union. The fruit is intimacy.
“When I am busy, the Father is quiet.” Jim Winney
The deepest longing of the masculine heart is always the search for validation and identity. It must first and forever be found in our Father.
The maturing of sonship results in growing toward an infinite anticipation and expectation of the Father’s goodness.
“God and His Kingdom cannot be canned, controlled, produced on demand, standardized, or brought to a point at which it can be dispensed by one human being to another.” Dallas Willard
“To do them justice, the people who crucified Jesus did not do so because he was a bore. Quite the contrary; he was too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have declawed the lion of Judah and made him a housecat for pale priests and pious old ladies.” Dorothy Sayers
What’s not working in your life?
How have you learned the father as a category?
Where and when did fatherlessness enter your story?
Where do you feel behind? Where do you feel unfathered?
How have you learned “Older Men” as a category in your life?
Consider your current relationship with Father as it is today.
Put some words to what’s next for you in each of these relationships.
What is your level of daily intimacy and friendship with the Father and your reliance on Him and His leadership?
What are the implications?
Describe in detail the limits you have placed on who God can be, what He can do, and how He can do it in your life.
What is the Father wanting to say to you today as His son?
In what ways and through what people has God been fathering you in this last decade?
How are you unlearning what you have learned wrong about His heart as your Father?
How are you learning Him as He truly is?
How regularly and to what degree do you anticipate and expect His goodness to come to you?
How regularly and to what degree do you experience the Father’s affection toward you?
What’s your love language? Not as a personality type, but as expressed in that unique and intimate way of relating only between you and your Father.
How is this maturing into daily/hourly relating?
Make a list of everything and everyone you are carrying. What is the Father wanting to say to you about that list?
Name all of those you need to forgive for not coming through for you as father. Every attachment, every unmet hope, every hope pinned on any man or entity.
- Fathered By God, John Eldredge
- Unspoken Sermons, George MacDonald
- The Prodigal God, Tim Keller
- The Old Man and the Boy, Robert Ruark
- Soul Keeping, John Ortberg
- The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen
- Peace Like a River, Leif Enger