This coming Sunday is Father’s Day. For some of you, this may actually be a shocker; not because of you being busy with life, but in all sincerity there seems to be little fanfare over the occasion in comparison to the level of fanfare that is given to mothers leading up to Mother’s Day. Whether this is right or wrong, I’ll leave that debate to others. However, at this time, I’d like to take a moment and share a few reasons why I feel that you should not forget Father’s Day, even if you don’t have a good relationship with your own father.
Fathers are Worthy of Honor: Let’s begin with the simple truth that fathers are deserving of honor in the context of who God created them to be to a family. Father can be defined as being “the head of the family, the source, or originator.” Everything stems from the father on down through the line. It is why we call God “Father”. He is the Source of all life and every good thing. We should honor fathers, if for no other reason than that they are meant to be a reflection of who God is. While earthly fathers are not perfect as God is perfect, to honor fathers is to honor God because just as 1 John 4:20 says “If a man says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar”, the same can be said for fathers. If you truly want to prove that you love and honor God, there must likewise be some evidence of this through an expression of love and honor for fathers.
Fathers Have Feelings Too: I know that many men are taught not to show emotions or naturally suppress them for a myriad of reasons. However, good fathers love to be acknowledged for their part in contributing to the family dynamics. Fathers can oftentimes be the unsung heroes of the family because certain things are just expected of them. Fathers can also get overlooked because there is a natural tendency to pull on mothers as the nurturer. Even poor fathers have a need for encouragement when they have failings, to know that they still have a hope of making things better.
Whether you have a good relationship or not with your father, his heart and life matters. Whether he is alive or not does not matter. In one way or another, you can show love and honor to him and to God who is our Heavenly Father by not forgetting fathers this Father’s Day. This can be done with a gift, a note or gesture of goodwill, a hug, an encouraging word, wearing something special that lets him know you were thinking of him. Choose to remember fathers on this Father’s Day. Their lives matter and they should not be forgotten.
QUESTION: How will you choose to remember fathers on this Father’s Day?