Food for Thought: Help Dad out!
You know, last year’s column for Father’s Day was about the life of a Dad with all its difficulties and challenges and how often they don’t receive the appreciation and recognition that they deserve.
Well, my heart still feels that way. The role of a father is one full of responsibilities and challenges. All you have to do is read in the Bible what the Lord’s expectations of them are and you will see that it is a tough list.
There is a very clear message in the Bible that shows that they need help and support with their responsibilities. Did you know that according to God, the sole reason that woman was created was to be help mate for their husbands? See Genesis 2:18: “The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Now personally, I have always thought it wonderful to be specially created by God with unique gifts as a woman that can make a difference in whether a man succeeds or not, as a man, a husband and a father. What an amazing truth!
The Bible also makes it clear that children are supposed to be respectful of their fathers. The word for respect in the Bible is honor. See Deuteronomy 5:16 “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Yet there are so many families in which that it is not the case. The complete disrespect of fathers by their children causes resentment, chaos, fighting, bickering and all and all, sheer misery. But if children were to follow the family structure that God has laid out for them and be respectful and supportive of their fathers, it would result in a much more loving and peaceful home.
So, in conclusion, why not use this Father’s Day to begin giving our fathers and husbands, the respect, love and cooperation that we are commanded to by our Heavenly Father. If we work with him instead of always fighting him, it is amazing what can be accomplished! And on his day, focus on all he does for the family and tell him just how appreciated he is. You’ll be amazed the difference it will make for everyone.
To my dad and all the other great dads I know out there, Happy Father’s Day!