So yesterday was father’s day! I hope you father’s out there felt celebrated and honoured while you single mum’s also got acknowledged because technically…you’re acting as both parents to your kids!
I’ll just share briefly the “father’s day” message we received at church yesterday. Food for thought really. So our pastor started off with a list with 31 skills that dad’s these days rarely teach their children e.g. tying a tie, washing a car, catching a fish, naming birds etc and so it lead nicely onto the topic of legacy. You see what a father passes into the next generation in terms of values/skills/memories is far more important than what you passes onto the next generation i.e. house/business/car.
Being a father is of a holy commissioning, a command that you are entrusted with. It should be taken seriously however this mind-set is not held by all fathers sadly.
Key legacy points highlighted were:
- Courageous spirit: let your children know what it means to be “BOLD and COURAGEOUS” despite the challenges of this world. It can be scary world but life without a risk is dull and stepping out can unlock a lot of exciting and new adventures.
- Affirm their identity in Christ: Let them know that despite their grades, what people say about them, their mistakes, their career choices…they still have an identity in Christ. God knew them before they were born, named them and so therefore defines them.
- Presence: let your children remember you for always being present in their lives. Getting involved in every aspect of their life from homework to school concerts to break-ups to graduation. Being a man of your word and following things through. Humility to apologise when you’re in the wrong.
So…fathers, what will you pass on to your children?