Like kids, Fathers come in all shapes and sizes. Some seem naturally good at it, some struggle but try hard, and some, well, they’re short on facts of what being a father means to children parented.
1. Fathers are not supposed to be their children’s friend. They’re supposed to be their children’s parent. Parents guide, instruct, instill values and morals and by example teach their children to be constructive, productive adults.
2. Fathers show their children what relationships are by the relationships in which they engage. If they treat others with respect, their children will respect. If they treat others with disdain, their children mimmic them.
3. Fathers provide physically but emotionally and spiritually. If he has a strong work ethic, then to his children, a strong work ethic is normal. If he controls his temper, tempers his strength, and acts with compassion, then his children deem that the appropriate way to conduct themselves. If he places importance on faith, on spiritual nurturing, then his children will follow his lead. They might deviate, but sooner or later, children return to the ways of their father.
4. Fathers love. None, save our Heavenly Father, is perfect, but fathers love their children as best they’re able. Some struggle with how to love due to their own experiences and challenges, but they love.
5. It is said that those who rock the cradle rule the world, usually referencing mothers. But never forget that’s it is also usual that fathers made the cradle.
Fathers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are good at it. Some struggle. No matter which your father is–a natural or a struggler–his gift to his children is a precious treasure. That gift is life.
A very happy Father’s Day to all fathers!
P.S. Fathers, bless your children. Pray for them. When you do, God blesses them and you.
Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. ~Genesis 49:25-27