Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Father's Love

Father's Day 1984
Father's Day 1984 (Photo credit: -will wilson-)

As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him...

Psalm 103:13

New International Version (NIV)

        On this day I offer my salute and solidarity to all fathers.  It's easy to father a child, but it can be a tough job to be a father to that child.   To be a good father requires time, patience, and a great deal of sacrifice.  Fathering is not just a matter of putting money into hands in order to relieve oneself of the responsibility of actual fathering.   A truly good father gives himself.

          A head of the household should provide support in the form of finances or in some cases the actual full-time care and nurturing of the children.  We live in times when roles are sometimes reversed, but no man who helps to bring children into this world should in any way consider himself absolved of any the responsibilities of caring for those children.

           Even if you are a hard-working dad who has little time at home, you should make your presence known as the father.   Love your kids as best you can, as strongly as you can, and as tenderly as you can.  Your children are an investment in the future.   What you put into their upbringing is the return you will get later.  Invest wisely.

            The father as head of household should use God the Father as a guide and behavioral model.  Even if you feel that you've been shortchanged in life, don't blame God.  He wants you to have all that you need in life.  Live as though God has provided everything for you because in actuality He has.  If you don't believe that then it may be time for a life reassessment.

             Set an example for your children.  Spend as much time with them as you can.  Get them involved in spiritual activities.   Read the Bible to them.  Pray with them.  And pray for them.

             God will provide your needs.  It's up to you to bring your faith.

 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?   Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?   If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Luke 11:11-13

New International Version (NIV)


  1. Beautiful post, Arlee. Thank you!

  2. What a great reminder that it's not about what we give our children, but what we invest in them. I'd rather have eternal results, and I know my husband (the best father I know) feels the same.


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