by Ron Clarkson

The Tightrope of Fatherhood
Ron Clarkson
Proverbs 3:21-26
June 17, 1990

Have you ever been to the circus or watched one on TV? One of the most exciting and thrilling events is the high wire act. First of all they scale a ladder like Tarzan just to get to the top. Then the strong, handsome agile superhuman walks on this tightly strung cable out and back. He'll go back and put someone one his shoulders and do the same thing, then he'll ride a unicycle, juggling back and forth and if you watch on T.V. the guy has a smile on his face, when inside you know he is sweating bullets.

Now God has given me more sense than to try to be a tightrope walker, but I would not give a very thrilling performance if I was the one performing. First of all you would have to sedate me just to get me up the ladder to the platform. Height is not my ally. And if I had to go on that tightrope I would definitely not walk on it; I'd be stuck to that wire like a piece of Velcro. And I would inch my way across only as far as I had to and when I got to the end I wouldn't jump up and go "Hey!" I'd be on my knees.

But being a Dad in this age is like trying to be a tightrope walker. You're walking a fine line and trying to avoid leaning too far to the left, too far to the right, because you've fear the consequences of extreme mistakes. And many times on the tightrope of Fatherhood your carrying unpublicized burdens on your shoulders, juggling a job and a family and personal life. And the entire time you're supposed to be smiling.

Transition: Many years ago there was a father, a very wise father who gave his son some very wise counsel. This man has been considered the wisest man who has ever lived. We read the words he offers to his son in today's scripture.

Read: Proverbs 3:21-26

It sounds like King Solomon, the writer of these words, had walked a few steps on the tightrope of fatherhood. He knew the ensuing consequences of being out of balance, of getting his fe ...

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