“Nistetter. What kind of name is that? No one knows how to pronounce it.”

Throughout my childhood, my Daddy would remind us what kind of name that was. We were Nistetters, and we were held to a higher standard because of our name.

He loved us so much that, like our Father in heaven, he called us to excellence, even though we wanted to slump sometimes. He called us to stretch ourselves.

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“I think I can. I think I can. I can. I can. I can!” This was my growing up mantra.

Do you remember the story? A little train engine was asked to haul a load up a steep mountain, a bigger load than the engine was built to pull. Yet, that little engine tugged that load up the mountain – repeating “I think I can” until it reached the mountaintop.

Daddy taught us kids many things. The one I’m celebrating today is that we were special. We were Nistetters! We were called to represent the Nistetters well.

You and I are special to our Father in heaven. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are called a child of God. Why? Because God loves us. We are God’s sons and daughters.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 1 John 3:1a

And as children of God, we are also called to excellence, ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). How are you representing God?

Let’s celebrate our earthly fathers and our heavenly Father today.

Happy Father’s Day!

My prayer:

Our heavenly Father, thank You that You loved us so much that You sent Jesus into the world to pay the price we owed for our sins, so that we could be called Your children. Thank You for giving us earthly fathers to love on us, to teach us, and to show us how special we are in their sight and in Your sight. Bless all the fathers today and their families. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Please share your special memories of your father in the comments section.

2 thoughts on “Celebrating Fathers

  1. Problem in this world is that still a lot of people do not want to give the full glory to the heavenly Father; Because God can not be seen by by man they prefer to make themselves a god who was seen by man and who was like them, being able to be misled , being able to be bullied and even got tortured unto death. For many people that seems to be a good god for them instead of the All-knowing God Who is everywhere and unchangeable.

    Instead, that unchangeable God, lots of people have chosen for a changeable god who like them also did not know everything. We can only hope one day more people shall come to believe the Real True God Who declared that son of man His only begotten beloved son. People should come to see it is by that son of man that we now are saved and can up unto his and our heavenly Father. Jesus, as the way to God has shed light unto the paths to God, our heavenly Father. As mothers and fathers on this earth we should as children of God show the world how we as brothers and sisters in Christ should be united with him, spreading the gospel of the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

    Let us hope more people shall honour that heavenly Father like He deserves it and have His Holy Name spread all over the world, so that more people may come to know Him and worship Him.

    1. Good morning! I believe that it is up to us to proclaim the One True God and our Savior, Jesus to those who have made up their own gods. It is up to us to pray for an awakening that only the Holy Spirit can accomplish to reveal that Jesus is The Way, The Truth, and The Life! Please pray and proclaim. Karen

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