Opinion

God bless all the fathers on Father's day

A father is a man, who when, humbly before God, holds his infant son or daughter in his arms at home, begins to sense his awesome responsibility before God and to the child to bring him or her up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

A father is a person who early in the life of his child sets an example of how to treat women by showing love and respect for the child’s mother daily and consistently.

A father is a person who teaches his child the dignity of work, be it physical or mental, by going to work eagerly with a positive attitude each day to provide for the physical needs of his family.

A father is a person who teaches his child how to work by giving him or her assigned chores, suited to his or her age, around the home and yard and showing them how to perform the chores, sometimes working with the child and doing the chores together, using the time together to find out what his child is thinking about and answering the child’s questions which he or she may have.

A father is a person, who on a holiday, such as Labor Day, enlists the help of his children to do a work project in the home or yard. The children grumble about having to work on the last holiday before school starts. But the father “makes” them work and “makes” it fun time for all. In the afternoon when the work project is completed to the father’s satisfaction, he announces to the family that they are all going to see their favorite family friends (who have children who are the same age as they are) and have a picnic, play games, and have a fun time the rest of the day and evening.

A father is a person who takes each of his children, individually, on a special trip periodically throughout the life of the child until he or she leaves home, to spend time together fishing, hiking, overnight camping, sight-seeing, or hunting, getting to know his child and the child getting to know his or her father better and giving the child the opportunity to ask and answer questions and just to have a good fun time together.

A father is a person, who when his child has a physical or mental disability, studies how he can best meet that special need, so that the child can live up to his ability and grow up to live a productive and fulfilling life.

A father is a person who encourages each of his children to strive to reach his or her highest potential, dreams, ambitions, and goals. the father does his best to provide the means to achieve these goals and ambitions of each of his children.

A father is a person who teaches his son how to respect girls, women and his future wife by how his father treats and loves his wife each and every day, consistently throughout their marriage.

A father is a person who teaches his daughter by setting a consistent example of the type of man she should look for and want for her future husband.

A father is a person who is respected and loved by all in his home, and unlike the fathers portrayed on television as weak and comic characters, he is to be a man and head of his family, strong and supportive, who loves, cares for and provides for his family physically, spiritually and emotionally, calling upon God to help him in this awesome task for help and guidance each and every day.

A father is a person who is available with godly advice when asked for it by his son or daughter with wisdom and insight into the character of his son or daughter to help guide them along their paths to a productive and fulfilling life.

May God bless all the fathers on this Father’s Day 2003 and every day of your lives.

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