Is Father’s Day just a gimmick to sell cards and gifts? Some would say yes, but it’s really a great reminder of the unique role of Dad. It can also bring a wide variety of emotions, depending on circumstances. Personally, I’m starting to see Father’s Day as not only a day to honor my father (as God commanded us in Exodus 20:12), but to take inventory of how I’ve led my family since last year’s celebration.
To be honest, as their spiritual leader, there are a few areas I need work in and just for fun here’s the short list:
- To quit making excuses for my lack of follow-through
- To not let my son outdo me in talking about how awesome God is
- To not let my daughter outpace me in inviting people to church
- To stand strong for the right things instead of just against the wrong things
- To offer forgiveness as readily as I hope for it
- To choose honesty over my pride…every time
- To model the Golden Rule more than I quote it
- And to remember to put my coffee cup in the dishwasher…every day
I know they’re not profound thoughts, but it’s a start. How about you other Dads out there? God has given us a great privilege to lead. Let’s “man-up” together and be who He’s called us to be!