Day 22: It Worked for Martin

“Now you tell me, when a father goes ahead and washes diapers or performs some other mean task for his child, and someone ridicules him as an effeminate fool, though that father is acting in the spirit just described and in Christian faith, my dear fellow you tell me, which of the two is most keenly ridiculing the other? God, with all his angels and creatures, is smiling, not because that father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith. Those who sneer at him and see only the task but not the faith are ridiculing God with all his creatures, as the biggest fool on earth. Indeed, they are only ridiculing themselves; with all their cleverness they are nothing but devil’s fools.”
― Martin Luther

Now, of course, I don’t know him personally, but Martin Luther seems like he must have been a great dad!  His advice, those hundreds of years old, is still great for day: fatherhood is about service.  Not only that, but “father” is a title that even God keeps for himself. He provides for us in small and great ways every day, serving His many children however they each need help.

There are those who might say that some aspects of fatherhood, changing diapers included, aren’t “manly”. Those who do this forget what they are actually mocking: godly service, doing things for others that they simply can’t do for themselves. I don’t think there’s anything more “manly” than that.


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