Mid June is here, and summer has arrived. It’s time for all the great dads in the good ole U.S. of A. to get their yearly 20 minutes of fame. Father’s Day always reminded me of a low-budget version of Mother’s Day.
Moms get all the glory. Maybe that’s the way it should be. After all, we wouldn’t be dads unless women did the “heavy lifting”. But hey, this is our day and us dads better make the most of it.
Fathers play an incredibly important role in their children’s lives. 21st Century fathers handle more things than ever and are also more involved in their children’s lives than their forefathers were.
No two dads share the same experiences. Each one of us has our own unique challenges. It doesn’t matter if you are a single dad, a step-dad, a father figure or a “conventional ” dad in a nuclear family. Men are increasingly taking care of their children. You can find men cleaning, preparing meals, washing dishes, washing and ironing clothes, driving around family members, shopping, doing yard work, maintaining cars, and paying the bills. Paying bills takes money; the kids need food, shelter and clothing. One of dads primary jobs is to have a job so he can support his family; if mom can help your already way ahead. I know there are some stay at home fathers out there, and that’s great if that works for you, but I prefer working. Dad has a lot on his plate.
Single and divorced fathers should always take care of their kids needs regardless of their relationship with the mother. Us dads who are married or in relationships and have help with the kids should always remember to take care of mom. Mothers have a hard job, and they need our support.
A good father has to wear many hats. I like a quote I read. “Dad, he can play like a kid, give advice like a friend, and protect like a bodyguard.” Or how about this one. “A father is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.”
There are a lot of great dads out there in cyber-space, and I just wanted to give you a shout out, and wish all of you Father’s Day. One last thing, as father’s we are responsible for being the priests of our homes. One the best ways we can do that is by example. I want everyone who reads this to pray for me. To pray that I will be the best possible father I can be. I’ll also pray for all of you. You pray for me, and I’ll pray for you, together we can do great things. Let’s remember the words of Ephesians 6:4 as we start towards Father’s Day 2016.
Ephesians 6:4 (New King James Version) And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
I like how the Message Version of the Bible words it.
Ephesians 6:4 (Message Version) Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. That’s it for me, have a great week. God be with you until we meet again.