I’ve thought a lot about this day, Father’s Day, that is. Especially this year. I have some things burning in my heart. If I could speak to fathers, here’s what I’d say…
If I could speak to fathers, I’d say, be on the alert:
It’s not surprising that fathers are under attack. The enemy is on the prowl looking to devour you. But that’s no secret. What I’d like to remind you of is that you are the watchman on the wall for your family. Not only do you need to be alert for your own soul, you are the earthly protector for your family. That’s pretty important, don’t you think? My prayer for you is that God will give you the discernment you need as you lead your family.
I’d say, stand firm in the faith:
The world is speaking loudly about the role men “should” play. It’s getting meaner out there, by the second. Don’t be tossed back and forth by every wind of doctrine. Even if it’s not popular, the Bible is clear about your roles and responsibilities. That’s pretty important, don’t you think? My prayer for you is that God would give you the confidence you need so you won’t question the impact you can have as a father.
I’d say, act like men:
It’s okay for boys to be boys. It’s okay for men to be men. It’s better than okay. It’s what’s best. As a wife, I’ve often made the mistake of expecting my husband to act like one of my girlfriends. Honestly, I have some amazing girlfriends. I don’t need another one. What I need is for my husband to be exactly who God made him to be. The spiritual leader of our family.
No doubt, like my husband, you have strengths your wife doesn’t have. You have wisdom in areas your wife doesn’t. Your kids don’t need you to act like a mother, they need a dad. They need YOU! That’s a pretty important, don’t you think? My prayer for you is that, in this critical hour, you will take courage, not to be like “other men”, but to be God’s man.
I’d say, be strong:
Even though you make mistakes. Even when you feel like a failure. Especially when no one appreciates you for what you do, keep moving forward. Don’t give in. Don’t back up. Don’t back down. Your efforts will not be in vain. You never know who’s watching. You never know the moment when the seeds you have planted will finally take root. That’s pretty important, don’t you think? My prayer for you is that you will be tireless in your pursuit of the LORD and your commitment to your family.
I know that your commitment, your courage, your integrity, your love, it’s all questioned. Too often. Forgive us for the times we expect you to be perfect. Who, but God, can ever achieve such a state? What you need to know is that your role as a father, as a husband, as the spiritual leader in your family, it’s all pretty important, don’t you think? My prayer for you is that you will sense the pleasure of the LORD as you follow Him.
If I could speak to fathers, here’s what I’d say:
I would say thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for standing on the front lines. Thank you for your selfless acts. I thank God for you.
Since I can’t speak to all fathers, could I ask you to speak instead? I know not all fathers are striving to follow the LORD. But some are. Not all dads are really trying to be a good dad. But some are. Speak to those dads. Tell them, be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong! 1 Corinthians 16:13. Would you encourage the fathers you know? Please pray for them too. They have a pretty important role, don’t you think?
Happy Father’s Day, dads.