Happy Father’s Day! Yesterday we celebrated the men that helped raise us and build us into the men and women we are and are becoming. Some sadly have to approach this day with heavy hearts because that father is a memory now; good or bad. Some have/had wonderful & loving fathers while others may have had an absent father…physically or mentally. However you approach this time, I cherish this day for 3 reasons: 1) We all share the same Father. He is never absent; he never ignores us and loves us all equally and unconditionally. 2) Selfishly, I enjoy the role of father to my boys more than any other role I may fill in life and my father is a great man who has left a legacy worth living up to. 3) fatherhood/motherhood is the most sacred responsibility placed on us by our Heavenly Father.
You don’t have kids? Do not worry; I’m not saying you have to be able to procreate to fulfill God’s most sacred responsibility. It’s not nearly that trivial. Let’s lay out some facts out while keeping in mind what Scriptures say about parenthood – Proverbs 22:6 ‘Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.’ Fact #1– Children are everywhere…From the grocery store, to the mall, in cars next to you in traffic, at your church (hopefully), and all around most public places. Fact #2– Children are some of the keenest observers in the world. They are incredible sponges fow what goes on around them. Don’t believe me? Go ask a young child what their mom or dad says when they are angry… Fact #3– You are being observed. As an employee you are supervised by an employer. As a youth minister you are observed by those in the congregation. But one we often do not pay heed to is that you are being observed by little eyes throughout your day to day lives.
As adults we are a summation of the experiences and lessons we learned throughout our lives. So what is the main function of a father/mother? To love their child and do their very best to make sure those experiences and lessons point them toward Christ. So I am calling all of you; married, single, with kids or without, male or female to be a father. Let the young people of today see the best kind of adult to aspire to be like. Men, hold that door for the ladies. Kids are watching. Don’t lose you cool in traffic; kids are watching. Respect those elders (even if you don’t agree with them); kids are watching. Offer to lend a hand to a stranger; kids are watching. Put down that phone; kids are watching. Everyday kindnesses will help to shape our young generation into thoughtful, respecting & caring adults who have a heart for others. Regardless of where you are in life right now, you’re everyday actions are shaping those malleable minds around you. Be an example now and make a conscious decision every morning to walk in God’s most sacred responsibility: To be stewards of young hearts and minds so they seek the love of Christ in their lives and share that love with others. Happy Father’s Day.