This article is courtesy of Essential Connection magazine.
Does the third Sunday in June ring a bell with you? Probably not, although it has been celebrated every year for almost a century as Father's Day.
We seem to have a day for almost everyone and everything to be honored, so why not fathers? Ironically, the idea for Father's Day all started when a lady heard a Mother's Day sermon and decided that she didn't want all that her dad had done for her to go unrecognized. When you think about Father's Day, what comes to your mind? Can you relate to the lady who was concerned about taking her father for granted?
Honoring fathers is important. After all, the Bible commands us to honor them; but, this year, think of Father's Day with a new twist. Take some time to consider all your Heavenly Father has done for you and how you might be taking Him for granted.
The Model Father
God Almighty is your Heavenly Father, and He is the perfect example of what it means to be a dad. Looking at each of the letters that make up the word "father," consider some of the characteristics that set Him apart and provide a model for our human dads.
F —Forgiveness is a huge part of your relationship with your Father. He is willing and able to forgive you of any sin you commit if you will only ask Him. It's comforting to know that nothing you do is ever so bad that God won't forgive you (Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 1:9). Now, that's unconditional acceptance.
A —He is active in your life all the time. God is always at work around you. Ask God to show you what He is doing. You will be amazed at all that is going on. More important, the invitation is open for you to get involved with Him. You never have to wait for your turn to be active with God (John 5:17).
T —Time for you. While humans get too busy to do this or that, God always has time for you. Whenever you feel lonely, struggle with a problem, want to share a thought, or need to deal with a concern, He is there for you. You can't find a time in your day when He is too busy to talk or listen to you (Jeremiah 33:3).
H —The heart of the matter is that God knows your heart, and He loves you anyway. Proverbs tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things. Many people don't like to be around you if you aren't in a good mood or if you make mistakes. God wants to hang out with you anytime, and He alone is able to change your heart to be all you were created to be (1 John 4:9-10,19).
E —Everywhere sums up God's place in your life. If you're a Christian, there is nowhere you can go where He isn't with you. It can be encouraging to realize that when you are in a tough place in your life, He is right there with you. Whether other people are there or not, God is by your side (Romans 8:35-39).
R —Rest and Read. These are two areas where most people could use a little work. Rest is important to you because it's easy to become so busy that you don't take time with the Lord. He wants you to set aside daily time to rest in Him and to read His Word. The Bible is His letter to His children. The best way to get to know your Father is to spend quality time resting and reading all about Him in the Word (John 14:21; Psalm 46:10).
All these attributes of God's character make Him who He is. If you have been blessed with an earthly dad who has a lot in common with our Heavenly Father, be grateful. If you have missed out on a relationship with an earthly dad, be thankful that God is there for you and wants to meet the needs in your life. Let God know how much He means to you.
Things you can do to make this Father's Day special
- Write a letter or make a phone call just to say, "thanks."
- Try to get into his world for a change and spend time doing something with your dad that he enjoys.
- Have a conversation that doesn't have anything to do with getting money from him.
- Focus on all the positive things he has been in your life so far. Realize that God has placed that person in your life for a reason and be thankful.