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On the Journey...
Monthly Insight From Pastor Phil Yoder
June 12, 2019
With graduations, vacations, and all the wonderful activities that summer brings each year, celebrating Father’s Day is one of the highlights that we look forward to in June. God, in his great wisdom designed that all human beings have both a father and a mother. Our fathers and our mothers are two of the greatest gifts God gives to us. That does not make them perfect and it doesn’t even make them good, but it does make them important. And for that reason, God tells us to honor our fathers and mothers.
Fathers are important in the lives of their children for many reasons. Children generally tend to see their fathers as strong, and that perceived strength provides a security and safe environment for children to live, to take risks, and to try new things. Fathers see things in their children that others may not see in them. They work and play with their children in unique ways, and encourage them in unique ways, which builds confidence in their children. And in various other ways, fathers bless their children. These things make fathers indispensable in the maturing process of their children. Statistics show that children raised in homes without a father are much more likely to be involved in delinquent behavior or to commit a crime than children raised in a home where dad is present.
Traditionally, fathers have been the providers and protectors of their families and set boundaries for their families. These things are crucial for the psychological well-being of young children because it gives them a sense of security. But sometimes, as children grow toward independence, they tend to push back, especially on the boundaries, and often the result is that they appreciate their fathers less. However, age has its revenge. I don’t know if it is wisdom that comes with age, or if it is having children of our own, or perhaps both, but as young people mature, they frequently begin to develop a new appreciation for dad, a different and much deeper appreciation than they had as small children. This little poem illustrates this point.
MY DADDY (Author Unknown)
4 Years old – My Daddy can do anything
7 Years old – My Daddy knows everything
10 Years old – My Dad doesn’t know quite everything
12 Years old – My Dad doesn’t know that either
14 Years old – Of course Dad doesn’t know that
17 Years old – The Old Man is hopelessly old-fashioned
20 Years old – The Old Man doesn’t know anything
23 Years old – Dad knows a little, but not much
27 Years old – It’s surprising how much Dad has learned recently
30 Years old – I need to find out what Dad thinks
40 Years old – Before we decide, we need to get Dad’s opinion
50 Years old – I wonder what Dad would have thought about it
60 Years old – My Dad knew everything
70 Years old – I would give anything to talk to Dad again
Few things make a father happier than to see his children succeed and become very good at what they do. It is not uncommon for fathers to find more joy in the successes of their children than in their own success. Could that be one of the reasons that Jesus taught us to address God as “Our Father,” because of the joy we bring to our Heavenly Father when we do things well?