by Keith Krell

Surpass Dad
Keith Krell
1 Chronicles 28-29

I have always wanted to be like my Dad. When I was growing up, I wanted to be 6"2' like my Dad. I wanted to be able to grow a heavy beard like my Dad. I wanted to be able to handle a gas powered weed eater like my Dad. I wanted to drive a Subaru like my Dad. I wanted to cook chicken and dumplings like my Dad. I wanted to be able to write like my Dad.

Sadly, I haven't been able to realize any of these desires. But now that I am grown up (mostly), I have a new set of desires. I still want to be like my Dad; I just have different priorities. Now, I want to love my wife for forty-five years like my Dad. I want to raise godly children who love the Lord like my Dad. I want to finish my career as a man of integrity like my Dad. I want to love the local and worldwide church like my Dad. I want to prioritize the eternal in my time, treasures, and talents, like my Dad.

I hope that I will be able to realize these desires. My Dad has entrusted to me in incredible spiritual legacy. I want to live up to this great responsibility. In fact, my desire, somehow, by God's grace, is to surpass my Dad in godliness and kingdom impact. This is also my Dad's passion for me. He has invested everything he can in my spiritual success. This has given me the goal of striving to ensure that my children also surpass me in godliness and kingdom impact.

First Chronicles 28-29 records the last words of King David. After forty years on the throne, he has narrowed and simplified his vision: He wants Solomon and the nation of Israel to surpass his legacy. Similarly, I will insist that your mission as a Dad is to prepare your children to surpass you.

Our story begins with a father's charge to his son. In 28:1-3, the Chronicler writes: "Now David assembled at Jerusalem all the officials of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the commanders of the divisions that served the king, and the commanders of thousands, and the comman ...

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