Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Why a Father Matters

Fathers aren't celebrated today like mothers are. Rarely will you turn on the TV and see a strong, loving father. Instead, the media and Hollywood often depict fathers as absent, or if they are around, as stupid, wimpy deadbeats whose children are better off without them. While a truly present father who loves his wife and children, provides for them, and spends quality time with them is a rarity, he does exist. 

My own grandfathers, father, and husband are all examples of strong, loving fathers who have blessed their wives and children beyond measure. They have taken seriously their God-given roles and led their children to the Lord, maintained order by being the head, worked hard to feed their families, and provided discipline when necessary and love even more often.
In celebration of of these men and the countless other Godly fathers in the world, here are some reasons why I think a father truly matters.

A father matters because...

there's no one else who twirls his little girl like Daddy. 

only a Daddy knows how to let go of the little things like unruly hair and mismatched clothes.

 there's no one goofier and more fun than Daddy. 

  only a Daddy will wrestle with his children, giving them the physical touch and attention they crave.
only a Daddy will slip his child an extra dollar or two just because.

  it's Daddy's voice cheering from the sidelines that gives his child the courage and strength to endure.

there's just something special about going on a date with your Daddy. 
only a Daddy will take the time to teach his children how to do"manly" things like fix a flat tire, shoot a gun, or bait a hook.

a Daddy always has time to play, tickle, toss, and love on his children.
only a Daddy will encourage his children to climb higher and run farther and faster. 
sometimes only a Daddy's arms will do.
only a Daddy will push his children to be bold and take risks. 

who else will teach his sons how to respect women and his daughters how they should expect to be treated?
he teaches, trains, and disciplines his children out of love.

his example leads his sons and daughters to Christ.
he is the closest earthly example we have to our heavenly Father.

"Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you..."

Deuteronomy 5:16

I have been blessed with a generous and loving father who has always pushed me to be the very best at all I do. The Lord has also blessed me with a gentle and fun-loving husband who adores his girls and who teaches me daily how to relax and enjoy life in this very moment. I continually thank God for my Daddy and my children's Daddy.

If you have been blessed with a Christian father or a husband who is a Godly father, let him know today why he matters to you.

Blessings to you and your families this Father's Day,


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1 comment:

  1. What a great post! I pray for my girls to have a father like this!