You can do it by making a long overdue phone call,
or by sending a card, or maybe just dropping by.
You can do it through a word of appreciation for
the sacrifices he has made to take care of you.
You can do it maybe with a small gift, although he’s
not really into those things very much.
You can do it by taking a little walk with him,
while you thank him for being there for you.
You can and should do it, not because he’s perfect,
but because he is your father and God wants you to.
It’s your chance of turning the tide, not because you
feel like it, or want to, but because it’s the right thing.
He’s not perfect, but he is your dad.
He’s not always right, but he is your dad.
He may even have hurt you, but he is your dad.
He may at times have let you down, but he is your dad.
God instructs us to honor him,
So even in the smallest way,
Take time to show him love;
Make this a happy Father’s Day!
“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the
land which the Lord thy God giveth thee” (Exodus 20:12).
For the dear ones who say they just can’t love their dads, I remind you that
Jesus taught that we are to love our neighbor as ourselves and to even love
our enemies. Our father may fit into the enemy category. God knew that
and still commands us to love him.
It saddens my heart to know that there have been so many neglectful,
abusive, selfish fathers in this old world; for this, I am troubled and
ashamed. My heart goes out to all of those who have never known a father’s
love. When I hear their stories, a part of me wants to scream at the dads
and set them straight. And I want to take all those children in my arms
and try to give them what their dad did not. I can understand the hurt
and anger. However, two wrongs don’t make a right. He may have been a
terrible dad, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a terrible child. Hate will
not hurt him as much as it will hurt you.
God gave this commandment not because He wished to force something
upon us to hurt us. No! He knew it was the right thing to do. I often have
seen one act of love and kindness lead to many more from the opposite
direction. In so many cases, a child reaching out to a not-so-great father has
opened up a world of communication and had begun the necessary steps
for reconciliation and healing.
For the hurting, disappointed child, think about it. Honor your father, not
because I said so, but because God commands it. Let God punish the evil
doers, and believe you me, they will not go unnoticed by God. Let change
begin with you!
For all of those men who have tried and are still seeking to be a good dad,
may I take this time to say thank you and to wish you a very happy Father’s
For those men who have failed in their roles as fathers, I ask that you start
today. Don’t wait on your children; reach out and in true humility and ask
for forgiveness and a chance to start over.
For all the children, let’s honor out fathers today! Go ahead and make it a
happy Father’s Day!