I can still remember my first Father’s Day. My daughter was a little more than a month old. It was the first time I ever saw her smile, and her mom and I were on our way to church to have her dedicated to the Lord. The service went great and there were lots of amenities to spoil us dads along the way. But somewhere between leaving church and hitting the driveway, things went south between her mother and me. Although I do not remember what exactly started the argument, all I remember is my daughter being carried off by her mom back into the house—balling as they disappeared from my sight. Not exactly the way I wanted my first Father’s Day to end. That was over a decade ago and I could not be happier as a father than I am today—because of how God has blessed me and my relationship with my daughter all along.
Dads, no matter what type of circumstance you are facing this weekend, I am here to give you hope and encouragement of just how important and impacting you already are in your children’s lives. You may have full or partial custody of your kids; or perhaps this is your first Father’s Day as a single father. You possibly have the entire weekend to spend with your son or daughter, or maybe you will not be able to see them at all for whatever reason. Regardless of your situation this coming Sunday (or any other day for that matter), you have several opportunities to fulfill your role as a godly father.
Pray for your children
The Bible is very clear as to a father’s authority over his children. We are their spiritual leaders (1Thess 2:11-12) and they will model what they see and learn from us (Prov 13:1, 23:24, Eph 6:4). Use every opportunity you have to pray with and for your kids. Be authentic and transparent, allowing them to see the Gospel being lived out in your life.
Cherish these times
Maria Edgeworth once said, If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” Time is an incredible gift from God—one we often take for granted. Dads, we only get one shot to pour into our children in this life, don’t waste it. Yes, we may screw up along the way, but always remember, it is not how you start out in life—but how you finish. Father’s Day is a wonderful reminder we get every year of just how special we are to our children.
Create a legacy built on Christ
Our faithfulness to the Lord now will continue through the generations after we are gone (Deut 7:9). Take a self-examination of where you truly stand in your relationship with Jesus by applying your life to God’s Word. If need be, make the necessary changes to align your heart with His and then model the same to your kids. It’s never too late to begin.
So, what does all this really have to do with Father’s Day? Simple: Yes, this is our day to relax, grill, golf, and to celebrate being a dad. However, it ultimately comes down to our significance and importance as a father and leading our kids in Christ—and we don’t get a day off from that.