This Father’s Day presents us with an opportunity to express our gratitude to the fathers and father-figures in our lives. May our Heavenly Father encourage the hearts of fathers everywhere, making them more like Him every day.
The role of a father is crucial all throughout the life of their children beginning when those children are young and impressionable and it continues into adulthood.
I sometimes reflect on lessons that I learned from my own father even to the end of his earthly life and graduation to glory. I often find myself still thanking God for allowing me to be born into the home of Christian parents who loved their children unconditionally and taught us the importance of loving God and loving others.
As we approach Father’s Day, I hope those of us who are fathers will take time to reflect on this most important role that we have been entrusted by God to fulfill. We have been called to take an active role in our children’s lives – not only in their earthly lives, but in their spiritual lives as well.
Dads need to take the time to actively discuss the things of the Lord with their children. Though it can be difficult to find the time, you must make it a priority for you and your wife to disciple your children.
You have heard it said that children learn by example. Do you ever consider and evaluate what kind of role model you are at home? Men, what your sons observe in how you treat their mother will have a strong influence in the way they will one day treat their own wife.
How you show respect for women may influence the way your sons will later show respect for young girls in high school. The way children see their parents express love, respect and affection for each other will always be remembered and it can help them to cultivate a loving, healthy marriage after they become adults.
Most dads in our nation today are very busy and children may not be getting as much quality time with their fathers as they need – according to a Pew Research study in 2014, 50 percent of working fathers said that they found it difficult to balance their workload and their family life.
Additionally, 46 percent of fathers said that they do not think they spend enough time with their children.
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has produced a wonderful new resource to help parents shape the spiritual development of their children entitled “Disciple-making at Home.” This online brochure is filled with wonderful ideas to assist you in making disciples of your own children.
Fathers, the Bible encourages you to be a spiritual leader for your family. Read and apply God’s admonition to parents and grandparents found in Psalm 78:3-7.
Somewhere along your life journey as a Christ follower, God placed someone in your life to teach you biblical truths for life. Will you pass this along to the children God has given to you?
“… fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).