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Finding a Father

May 20th, 2011

In the last quote I posted (below), John Robert Stevens was discussing the need for a Father. I believe I’ve already written about how much of a spiritual father John Stevens was to so many people, so I don’t really feel the need to discuss that.

What hit me about this quote was how Scriptural it is. Jesus Christ was the example to us of a Son who learned Who He was by relating to His Father. He said that He only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19-21). However, this principle is also true on a very natural level. Numerous studies have shown that children growing up with a father in the home are better off emotionally, psychologically, and economically than those growing up without a father.

The reason why having a father is so important, as John states, is that it helps a person discover who they are. It is difficult to figure out who you are on your own. I believe that good fathers have an ability to help a child learn who they are and to help them reach that potential. Obviously the Heavenly Father does this in an immeasurably greater way.

As John Robert Stevens states in that quote, it is hard for people to take their place without the encouragement and protection of a father. The great thing about a good father is that they are there to help when you get into trouble. When you feel the covering of a spiritual father’s love, there is no fear in stepping out to attempt things.

So if you are struggling with yourself, maybe you need to find a father. Or, perhaps you need to re-engage your spiritual father in a deeper conversation than you are comfortable with. Either way, John Stevens illuminates an answer here for each person. John Robert Stevens rocks.


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