This Sunday, we will be honoring, celebrating and remembering our dads. For me, the day comes with a lot of wonderful memories. But that’s not so for everyone. A relative once said that he was never going to have children because he didn’t want to be the kind of father to his children that his father was to him. This makes me sad for a couple of reasons. First, that his memories of his dad were bad ones. And second, that he thought he was doomed to be that same kind of dad. To the contrary, many people allow their less-than-happy childhoods to motivate them to be the best parent they can be. Will you always do the right thing as a dad? The answer is most certainly no. But your kids will learn many valuable lessons by observing how you respond when you mess up. They will either learn how to ask for forgiveness, how to admit fault and how to apologize and say I’m sorry or they will learn to be insensitive, unapologetic and stubborn. It’s the tests and trials of life that will either add to your character or defeat you. And remember, God and His word are always there to help you. All you need to do is open your Bible or just ask Him. Don’t let the fear of the past prevent you from being the kind of dad you always wanted to be. Dare to give your kids good memories on Father’s Day. To all those who have taken on the challenge of fatherhood, we salute you! Have a blessed Father’s Day!
The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7 (NKJV)
who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. Proverbs 14:26 (NLT)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 (NKJV)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 (NKJV)