Thanks, dads!

Father’s Day is coming, but it seems like Dad will get the short end of the stick. Mother’s Day is filled with ads reminding you to get flowers and buy presents! But dads get a silly card and a tie. (Though steak or burgers on the grill counts for something.)

Dads don’t get nearly as much credit for parenting. But we all suffer the repercussions when men don’t do the job God has given them. Children from fatherless homes are more likely to commit suicide, run away, have behavior disorders, drop out of school, and end up in jail than children from homes where Dad was active.

So, dads, as we look ahead to this Sunday, know that we notice what you do. We are thankful because you

use your “Dad voice” when the kids disrespect Mom.
make the kids finish the chores even when they are whining.
run behind the bike until your firstborn finally masters the task.
love the Lord your God with all your heart.
tuck in your little ones (and not so little ones) and say a blessing over them.
pray for your family while you are commuting.
throw your kids up in the air while Mom closes her eyes.
fight for full or joint custody against a court system that doesn’t appreciate your worth.
talk about God’s commandments and “start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

 

Linda Buxa is a writer, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker. Her voice is heard regularly through her writing and blogging for Time of Grace. She is married to Greg, and they live in Wisconsin with their three active children.

 

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