The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The Value of Dad

The kids had talked Mom into getting a hamster.  They promised to take care of their pet, which they named “Danny.”

Within two months, though, Mom was taking care of Danny. One day Mom decided enough was enough; Danny would be given to a new owner. She called the kids together to tell them. One child said, “I’ll miss him. He’s been around here a long time.” The other child remarked, “Maybe he could stay if he ate less and wasn’t so messy.” Mom was firm, “It is time to take Danny to a new home.”

“Danny?” the kids wailed, “We thought you said Daddy.”

Fathers often feel underappreciated. When you watch a football game on television and a player has made a good play, the camera moves in on him and he looks up and you read on his lips, the words, “Hi, Mom!” Why not “Hi, Dad?” When you go to the wedding the emphasis is always on the Bride, the Groom and the Mothers. Dads are just background characters with their wallets out. At one time it was said that more long distance phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other time of the year and on Father’s Day the most long distance collect calls are made.

While moms certainly deserve their due, in our country we often underestimate the value of a good, strong, godly dad. Far too often dad’s are either absentees, occasional guests or physically present while emotionally checked out. Daughters need the security of a dad who watches over them and their family and to be an example of the kind of man they should one day marry. Sons need a godly dad they can look too as a pattern for how to be a real man, husband, worker, provider, and father.

Over the past 20 years or more, the responsibilities of fathers have become more and more diminished to the point that many men simply give a child his/her DNA and walk away, leaving mothers and grandparents with job of parenting. This is a strong contributing factor to the expanding crime problems and the moral breakdown of American culture.

It is time for dads to “Man up” and take responsibility for being the men God called them to become. It isn’t easy to be a Godly dad, but if we are willing to walk with God and pour ourselves into the lives of our children, God will make up for our lack and help us to rear godly children who will continue the legacy to the next generation and beyond.

This Sunday we will honor Dad in a special way for Father’s Day. Plan to bring the entire family and celebrate Godly masculinity. We will bring a message titled, Deep Rooted Dad based on Colossians 2:6-7 & John 15:1-8. It will be a reminder of the vital role godly men and dads play in the family, the church and the culture in which we live.

Celebrating Godly Masculinity,

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