We have a weak nation, because of weak churches,
because of weak families, because of weak fathers……..
” Pistol” Pete Maravich
Father’s day is coming (in June) ! A day to (possibly) receive a bad tie or cheap cologne. A day to be the #1 DAD and wear the T-shirt. So dads, I challenge you to speak out and share what we (men) can do to change the profound truth in the Pistol’s statement. My contibution:
Be a patriot- Serve your country by serving your community and be a great example to others who may not have a dad.
Be a Saint- Strengthen the church by leading, implementing and serving. Don’t wait for permission to do the right thing.
Be a Patriarch- Lead your family. Provide, nurture and encourage.
Be a Papa- Teach, empower, and mature your children through a balance of tender love and discipline. Raise respectful, reverent, hard working children.
So, what does this mean to the single father or the never been a father. If you are a father, pay your support dutifully and cherish your visitation. Don’t talk bad about the mother (if she’s bad, they know). Take them to church and Bible School. Teach them to pray.
Mentor kids who don’t have a dad. Volunteer in the community or church. Spend time with the kids. Substitute teach at Sunday school and tell them why GOD lead you to your profession. Pray for kids and other fathers who struggle.
I hven’t forgotten the widower fathers. As you glorify GOD, remind them why you loved their mother. And be a tender “mom” as best you can.
Your turn! Talk to us! What did your dad do right and what can we do better???