This Sunday is Father’s Day and as such it is a very special day for most families in our nation. Fathers may not always be all they ought to be but when Jesus wanted to illustrate the love and nature of God, he wanted us to think of God as a heavenly father.
God’s word commands that we honor our fathers. This means we give them particular attention, special regard and seek to show their value and worth. We are to honor our father every day and not just the third Sunday in June.
Do you remember after your child’s birth and you brought them home from the hospital. You looked into that young face and thought what an awesome responsibility you had in planning and caring for the future needs of the one entrusted to you.
I am reflecting back 49 years ago as I write thinking about our first child. God blessed us with other children and as I think about those years there are at least two mistakes I hope I would not make the second time around. I would hope I would realize how important it is to spend quality time with my children. When they were growing up I was so busy. I would try to listen to them more, ask more questions and attend more of their activities.
Then, I did not realize how fast time would fly. It seemed at the time there would be plenty of opportunities to mold and influence these young lives. But that time passes so fast. If you’re a young father realize this time with your children will not last very long. Use it wisely while lit is in your grasp.
Honor your father every day. Show respect for who he is. Be thankful for what he has done. Your father has given you life. You carry your father’s name. Live in such a way you will not dishonor him.