Proverbs 22:6 New International Version (NIV)
Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND ~
Some father's work too much and don't spend enough time with kids.
Some father's spend no time with their times and it becomes a single mom's job for both roles.
Some father's purpose time with their kids and are known as the fun dad
The list can go on and on of what we think when we hear Father's Day Weekend
ROLE MODELS ~
We grow up learning some of the same things in school and yet so different. I see how school teachers are an example to many kids. They become that role model in life. Acts of kindness are spoken of years later. I remember a teacher in middle school who committed on my writing report. She told me that it was a very good report and writing was in my future. I had completely forget about that until today. Wow, so many years later and I love to write. Did she speak those words into me? I totally believe she did. I don't remember her name or even her face, but I remember standing before her.
STANDING BEFORE GOD ~
Some day we will stand before our father named God. He will speak of the things we did and say well done good and faithful servant. Our character on earth matters and what we do matter. Our expectations of our father can mold us. All the disappointments or broken promises add up in a child's mind. I remember as a kid being told the word "Later". Later we "MIGHT" do that, but we never did. All I really wanted as a kid was for my parents to play with me outside. I have one picture of my dad, brother and me with a bicycle. I don't remember times of playing, parks or fun. I remember go to your room and we will do that later. The fact is, later never came.
If I could ask one thing of dads and moms, it is to share "real" time with your children. Purpose fun in lives and don't take time for granted. We never know what a new day brings or what could happen. If we live in today and plan for tomorrow, life is better. Don't miss out on reading a book with a child, hearing this sing or color time. Special moments don't require a lot of money, but time. Time is priceless and so so important to everyone. When I am asked what do you want, I only say time. I have learned to take expectations off of people.
STOP COMPARING FATHERS ~
My dad served in World War II. He was a man of good character. He worked home and wasn't home much of the time. He work schedule was a crazy one. I believe he did his best during his time on earth. Could have spent more time with me or my brother? I know that answer is yes. I find myself making excuses for him and my mom. They lived during a hard time of life and the depression was real as a kid to them. They never had parents who played or took time. Actually my mom's mother died when she was 5 years old. I think that generation got stuck in knowing a man's place was work hard. Which isn't a bad thing, but I never saw my dad much. I look at my own husband and he told me that his grandpa said a man works hard. He began to mow lawns at 5 years old and he was busy with working all the time too. He didn't have much time with our kids, but he does our grandkids.
Life changes us into a better person or bitter. I can't look at what I didn't have, but what I do have know. Each thing in life molds us. We can make the best of life with who is in our life. It's our choice to purpose FUN with others. I hope you see my point today. God is good, but our own actions matter. Let go of not having a great day or father for your child. Let go of expectations of others and grab onto wha you can do. Thank God for he is the GOD of new beginning plus hope. We can purpose father's day weekend a great one. Knowing God our father is real and able to handle whatever we face this day. My prayers continue because I know that a day with a title brings hurt to many. Guard your heart and know that my prayers are with you, your family and friends.
Thank you God for giving me a father and now he rest in your in heaven. Your plan continues to unfold and I will forever be grateful for my life.