Empty Coffee Cups and Jesus

By: Kimberly Reno
I’m a Type A personality. My husband is a Type B. When we’re not annoyed by our differences, we’re laughing about them.

When I walk through our living room each morning, it never fails that a styrofoam cup with remnants of coffee is sitting on the table. And Mrs. Type A is once again annoyed with Mr. Type B for leaving it there.

But one morning a few weeks ago, I paused before picking it up and I thought about how this cup is evidence of a man who gets out of bed before the rest of the family does so he can read his Bible and pray. This is his holy place.

So, on that particular morning, instead of snatching up the cup, I sat down in Zac’s chair and gave thanks for a man who leaves behind a styrofoam cup but, more importantly, leaves behind an example to our children of the importance of meeting with God.

Children model what they see, and my greatest desire as their mother is that they would embrace what they see in my husband’s pursuit of Jesus. First Corinthians 11:1 says, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” Godly fatherhood begins with the heart of a man; godly fathers are first godly men. Like all believers, a father’s relationship with God should be the most important one in his life. The overflow of that relationship can give us an image of the attributes of our heavenly Father. Attributes such as:

  • Being approachable (Hebrews 10:20)
  • Listening to us (Jeremiah 29:12-13)
  • Loving (John 3:16)
  • Disciplining with love (Hebrews 12:6)
  • Patience (2 Peter 3:9)

In our culture, men are often portrayed as lazy, incompetent, absent, incapable of making good decisions, and disrespected by their wives and children. But I am glad to say that I know some men (Zac is at the top of my list!) who work hard to provide for their families, pursue wisdom from God, bring life to their homes, and are loved and respected by their wives and children.

On this Father’s Day, I give thanks that every morning a styrofoam cup with remnants of coffee sits on the table in our living room, because it means that in my home there lives a man who spends the first part of the day with his first love, Jesus.

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