First, I am blessed to have a really great Dad. He worked hard so that my Mom could stay home with my siblings and I and homeschool us. He loved us and he taught us all the value of hard work. As a result, we are all hard workers. I think that is of great value. My Dad wasn’t and still isn’t perfect, but he loves Jesus and he and my Mom taught us to love the Lord. No, we weren’t wealthy and we definitely didn’t have everything we wanted, but we were incredibly blessed to be together as a family.
Second, I am blessed to have a wonderful husband that is an awesome Dad to our kid’s. He works very hard so that I can stay home with our kid’s and homeschool. He is a hard worker with dreams and visions for the future. I love that he teaches our kids how to handle finances even at their young ages. He loves the Lord and has overcome a lot of obstacles to become the man of God that he is. I know that he loves our kids and I. I consider that most valuable.
Sadly, today’s culture often doesn’t value Father’s. In fact, movies and television often portray them as goof-offs, losers, drug addicts, not smart, only looking for one thing, and so on. Yes, it’s true that just because you are a Dad doesn’t make you a Father. Yet, I truly believe that the way society portrays men, in general, hasn’t helped this problem that all. Now there is an idea out there that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a father. As long as there is someone out there that cares about you, it’s going to be okay. Now I recognize that some of you don’t have a Dad. Am I saying that you aren’t whole without a Dad? No, I’m not. I’m just saying that there is a value in Fathers that many of us don’t recognize or are willing to accept.
A Father has the opportunity to teach Honor, Respect, Honesty, and Virtue. He has the opportunity to teach his children to work hard and not to expect a handout. He has the opportunity to teach his Son’s how to teach a woman with kindness and respect and to not take advantage of her. He has the opportunity to teach his daughter’s that they don’t have to give their bodies for love. He has the opportunity to model to his Son’s how to treat his woman by the way he treats his Son’s Mother. He has the opportunity to show his daughter’s how they should expect to be treated by a man. When it comes right down to it, a Father’s responsibilities are huge…He has the opportunity to lead his children to follow the one true Father God and to model the grace and love of our heavenly Father.
To you that are Fathers, be encouraged. You ARE important. You ARE valuable. It is worth it to strive to be a better Dad.
Happy Father’s Day!