Like Father, like son


Photography by Melinda Maidment


Like father, like son…

This is a well-known saying and we use it often. Here is what the saying means: a son’s character or behaviour can be expected to resemble that of his father.

This past weekend we spent time with family and friends. My husband and his family are bikers and so are most of our friends, so a large part of the weekend was dedicated to riding motorcycles. I don’t come from a biking background, but I have learnt a lot about riding and motorbikes in the past year, so please bear with me.

On the Saturday morning we went for a ride so that the guys could practice their skills in the corners. We took photos and videos of them as they went up and down the winding road. (The picture above is one of the many photos I took on the day.) When I looked at this particular picture today it struck me… Like father, like son… We did say it a few times over the weekend, but today I had a revelation… Like father, like son…

When an inexperienced rider wants to learn how to ride through the twists and turns, it helps to follow a more experienced rider, to see which lines he takes into the turns and out of the turns, how to best position his body, etc. This helps the inexperienced rider to focus on the rider in front of him, to improve his riding skills.

In this photograph the rider on the left (behind) is my husband, and the rider on the right (in front) is his father. My husband is by no means an inexperienced rider, but this picture just illustrates this concept so beautifully. As we grow up we often mimic our fathers, we try to walk like them, talk like them, we try to wear their clothes and walk in their shoes. We often want to follow in their footsteps. I know that unfortunately and more often than we probably know, some people do not have a father or might have a father that is not really worth looking up to. But the GOOD NEWS is that we all have a Father, the same Father – our Almighty GOD. He is worth looking up to, He will never ever let you down, He will always be there for you, He loves you more than anything (always have and always will). He knows the best way to go through the twists and turns of life, all we have to do is to follow Him and keep our focus on Him.

Let’s all try to follow in the footsteps of our Father, so that we can be sons and daughters that have character and behaviour that resemble that of our Father!

(Special thanks to my dad and my new dad (my father in-law) for the example that you are to us and have been in our lives! The love that both of you have for our Father, makes me want to love God even more!)

Feel free to leave a reply in the comment box below, I would love to hear from you. ♥


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