On a day like today were fathers are honored, there are many thinking who will they have to honor. It is a sad reality that the majority of our social problems can be traced back the absence of fathers; who are not doing the job that they were called to do. Boys who grew up without being taught how to be men and women who grew up to not know how to be treated by them because their role models were non-existent, even if a father lived in the house.
“For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God?”
1 Timothy 3:5
Fortunately we have those others. Those fathers who have taken their role serious. Those who know that being a father is more than a biological deposit and more than providing a roof. Those who know that their responsibility is to correct, guide, support, teach, and develop the life that was entrusted to them. Those are the fathers who we honor today.
“Don’t fail to correct your children.
You won’t kill them by being firm,
and it may even save their lives.”
I also want to honor those who have stepped up to the job for those children who are not biologically theirs, but they have taken their job just as seriously.
“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a
wise son will be glad in him.”
Finally and more important I honor and praise Our Father, for creating us, providing for us, loving us, teaching us, and even sacrificing the life of His Son to give me eternal life.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!”
1 John 3:1
I encourage you to pray for all men, to recognize the higher calling and privilege that has been bestowed on them through fatherhood.
- The Importance of Fathers (gordonkeith.wordpress.com)
2 thoughts on “A Father’s Day in a Fatherless Nation”
Its interesting how life cycles repeat themselves. I had a dad, but he was not active. He didn’t make time for me when my parents were together and he definitely wasn’t available when my parents separated. I have 2 children, my daughters father didn’t want to be a parent so he has NEVER been in my daughter’s life. My son’s father is around him everyday but doesn’t realize that just paying the bills isn’t “being a father”
His father wasn’t around all of his childhood and it doesn’t seem that he learned how to be a husband or a father completely. So now I have a son who I pray does NOT follow that pattern.
We always want better for our children than we had, and its sad to say that sometimes we miss the mark and create a world that makes them start out with more struggles than they should.
I thank God for those men who ARE positive male role models to children who aren’t theirs. The big brothers, mentors, teachers, uncles and others who step up when there is a need.
Great article, I hope it resparks the conversation that is needed for both men and women to realize that we need to make better choices in order for our society to improve.
@offshore bank account. I think your comment is dead on (I fell for the okey doke several times because no one showed me “HOW” it was supposed to be)
The roles of fathers in the lives of little girls have been topics of debate and discussions for years. Studies have shown that girls who grew up with a father in the home were more likely to get better grades, go to college and get married. Of course other factors can play a role such as economic stability but there is something to be said about a positive male figure in the early years of a young girl’s life. To use myself as an example coming from a two-parent home with a father who provided for my mother and I, I grew up with an expectation and notion that men are suppose to provide for their family. Plus I wasn’t easily swayed by the antics and false promises made by boys who were trying to get only one thing, because I lacked for nothing. unfortunately many of my friends who didn’t have their fathers around fell prey to the “game” and ended up a baby mother or just plain ole bitter all before the age of twenty-five.