Being a father is hard – just ask one. Being a father is also an unexplainable joy. And having a father growing up was a blessing. I have failed a lot as a father but I hope I did well in some areas. Maybe a lot of fathers feel that way. Maybe not. I am sure my father could have done better in several areas though that is not how I remember him growing up. How do you remember your father? I want to honor my father on Father’s Day 2016 with the idea that everyone who grew up with a father, or even a father figure, can be thankful for him by focusing on his positive qualities.
I think fathers and sons have a special connection. A son can learn a lot from his father in both the good and bad experiences. While the ultimate picture of a father-son relationship is that of God the Father, and God the Son, no one can live up to that perfect relationship. I write as a son, but I am including daughters, too. By God’s grace, we might all find some positive qualities to appreciate in our fathers in at least three areas: character, attitude, and actions.
I remember my father as an honest man because he was/is an honest man. His reputation was that of a man you could trust. People trusted his advice and his word. He had a trusting nature about him which, I think, I got a little bit of. Honesty will always be one of the first character traits that come to mind when I think of my dad. It is true, as Scripture says, “Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue, only a moment” (Prov. 12:19, HCSB). What positive character traits do you remember about your father?
Scripture commands fathers to “not exasperate your children, so they won’t become discouraged” (Col. 3:2, HCSB). Not only did my dad have a can-do attitude, but he had a do-whatever-needs-to-be-done attitude. I grew up in a hard-working, blue-collar home. My dad fixed what needed to be fixed instead of paying someone else to do it. Whether that meant fixing the house’s heater when it went out in the middle of the night or spending the whole weekend rebuilding the transmission in my car, he did what needed to be done. I’m grateful my father taught me to do the same passing along his can-do attitude. What times can you think of when your father portrayed a desirable attitude?
My father is a very caring man – a servant. He was always doing something for others putting them first. He especially put his family first. He was the guy to go to when you needed something – anything. If he could not help you, he knew someone who could. And that person likely owed him a favor. My dad certain displayed Jesus’ teaching on the Golden Rule in his actions even if he did not say it. My dad could be seen living out, as Jesus said,”whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them” (Matt. 7:12, HCSB). What positive actions from your father still have influence on you today?
Thank you, God the Father, for my earthly father. I am grateful he is still with me. May be half the man my father is before my time is up.
Happy Father’s Day!
Grace and peace,
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching,
for they will be a garland of grace on your head
and a gold chain around your neck.
~Proverbs 1:8-9, HCSB~