Today we celebrate all those Father’s out there who have incredibly BIG shoes to fill. Not only does your family need you to fill those shoes, we ALL need you! The world needs you. Fatherhood is not simply a circumstance of biology, it is a pervasive state of mind. This is not merely a seasonal role you play, but rather a destiny you are privileged to fulfill.
You are the most important man in your son’s life. It is through you that he will discover his own manhood. You will help him learn to be a gentleman, a responsible man and a Faithful man….one who is strong and yet not afraid to admit his weakness, one who leads, yet compassionately serves others, and one who gives freely of the most valuable gift he has to offer… his time. He needs to see your Faith as you humble yourself before the Lord and pray for your family, so that your son knows that you too are under authority. You will teach him how he is to treat women as he watches the way you love his mother. Be the man you want your son to become.
You are the most important man in your daughter’s life. You will set her on the course she will travel throughout her entire life. It is through you that she will know her worth and her innate beauty. It will be your job to protect her from others, and from herself, while she is still learning who she will become. You will be the one to help her understand what it means to be cherished and honored with words and actions, so that she will hold out for such a man with whom to share her life, and father her children. It will be her reflection in your eyes that she will carry with her to conquer her world. She will learn how she is meant to be treated by watching the way you love her mother. Be the man you want your daughter to marry.
Families are crumbling. We are becoming a world without fathers and it is taking its toll. When you take away the influence of a father on his sons and daughters, statistics tell us that into that negative void seeps the myriad of social ills to include poverty, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancies, school dropouts, and emotional problems. Without you, the entire fabric of our society is weakened. Our quilt is getting quite thin and we need you now more than ever.
Don’t let those big shoes scare you. Just put them on and start walking around. Remember, you can always grow into them. Do not despair if you didn’t have the benefit of a Father that helped you develop those vital character qualities of manhood, there is much wisdom to be found in the idea that you have two chances at a parent-child relationship. You will always possess the power of your own choices….harness it.
Happy Father’s Day dear ones. Never EVER underestimate your importance. You are absolutely irreplaceable! We salute, cheer, encourage, and implore you to rise to the occasion. Our prayers go with you on your paramount quest.
“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham