Posted by: Brian D. Prucey on Thu, Jun 2, 2011
Monthly Pastor's Newsletter Article
Ken Canfield, Founder and President of the National Center for Fathering, once asked a stadium full of men: "Are fathers necessary or optional? Do dads have a unique and important contribution to make in the lives of their children?" The crowd grew quiet. He sensed that many of them had experienced first hand the emptiness a young boy feels when his father isn’t involved in his life.
Canfield went on to say that he believes men possess more power through healthy fathering than in any other area of their lives. "As we consider who will be the real heroes of the coming generation, I’m convinced that fathers like you and me have a great opportunity--to shape the destiny of America one young life at a time."
Unfortunately, fathers in America are a disappearing breed. One study reported that 40 percent of all American children will go to sleep in a house in which their fathers do not live. Before the age of eighteen, more than 50 percent of our children will spend a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers.
A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with a dad. Today, an American child can reasonably expect not to. Our society has somehow decided that fathers are unneeded, unwanted and in some cases a detriment to the wellbeing of children.
The Bible presents a different picture of fatherhood. Biblical, godly fathers bring leadership, stability, protection, training, and guidance to the family. Godly fathers promote the healthy self esteem of their children. Godly fathers teach their sons how to be godly men and to honor the women in their lives. Godly fathers teach their daughters to seek godly men for their husbands; men who will love them the way Christ loves the church.
Regarding the importance of his role as a father, General Douglas MacArthur said, “By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that, but I am prouder—infinitely prouder—to be a father. A soldier destroys, a father builds. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battlefield, but in the home, repeating with him our simple daily prayers.”
Father, how will your sons and daughters remember you? Are you leaving them a legacy of faith and faithfulness, or are you leaving them with memories of neglect as you pursue careers, hobbies or other pleasures in life. Fathers are important—so important that Jesus taught us to relate to God as Father. He becomes the standard by which all earthly fathers seek to model their lives.
Pray for the fathers in our church that they may be examples of godliness, holiness and honor.
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