June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." - Billy Graham

My dear husband, shown here reading to our infant daughter many years ago - we notice you, we praise you - hopefully enough - and society can surely count you as an asset. You have contributed to the upbringing of a very productive, God fearing child, who moves through the world in a gentle, helpful, loving way, and you also endeavor to be a godly example in all other areas of your life. By the grace of God, you have had the great honor of being a parent, and I know you feel that you are the one who is the more blessed by this honor. And THAT is a big part of what makes you such a good father!

Let's sing praises to all the good fathers in our lives, notice what they have given to us and to the world. Recognizing that they are not perfect, for only our Heavenly Father is perfect, and desires us to rely on Him more than any earthly father. And moreover, give encouragement to young fathers you know, that they may realize the value that God puts on their efforts to raise a family in faith. We look to fathers who are leaders and set an example of how to live in all the stages of our lives. The Bible sets out specific qualifications for elders, or leaders in the church, and these are wonderful guidelines for ALL men who want to make a lasting impact on the life of their family.

1 Timothy 3:2-4 (CEV)
"That's why officials must have a good reputation and be faithful in marriage. They must be self-controlled, sensible, well-behaved, friendly to strangers, and able to teach. They must not be heavy drinkers or troublemakers. Instead, they must be kind and gentle and not love money. Church officials must be in control of their own families, and they must see that their children are obedient and always respectful."

You can bet that happy days for fathers, begin and end right here!

1 comment :

  1. one of the best blog entries I have read recently. It's so true that fathers don't get enough recognition. I haven't seen much TV ad about father's day. I almost forgot it myself. Shame shame.