What have you done for me?
Pastor Mark Jeske
One of the things that hinders me from more enthusiastic thanks to my dad on Father’s Day is that so much of what I owe him came to me unconsciously. When you are blessed to have a dad throughout your entire childhood, you don’t realize that you are being trained in absolutely vital life skills: telling the truth, finishing a job, respecting and obeying authority, restraining your temper, and treating women with respect and tenderness.
Where you really notice the importance of good fathering is in its absence—a young man who is violent preys on women, can’t hold a job, can’t finish school, and can’t obey orders. Or in a young woman who is not secure financially, not secure in her beauty, not protected from abusers, and is not able to wait for marriage to have sex and children.
Here’s to all the fathers who stuck around, who went through the grueling years of raising and discipling their children. On Father’s Day we salute you not only for what we can remember that you did for us but for the million things we can’t remember but which have become part of our minds and hearts and behaviors. “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity” (Proverbs 3:1,2).
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