WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A DAD?

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I know opinions about fatherhood have changed drastically over the past 30 or 40 years and I would like to address that today.  Somehow, maybe as a result of the feminist movement, men have been lowered in value and the role of father has diminished tremendously.  n their attempt to get better paying jobs or achieve higher status, women have placed men below the pedestal that they were once placed on.  Maybe (and I know I’ll get a lot of heat for this) in their attempts to achieve equality with men, women have created a nightmare in the scheme of God’s plan for families.

Parenting is a partnership, just like marriage is.   When even the smallest portion of the job is taken away or lacks respect, the job loses value – and whether you believe it or not, parenting is a full-time occupation.

Maybe it’s time to look at what God has to say about being a good father.  In Psalm 103:13 we have a good job description.

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”

Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  The word probably isn’t used much today, because the average person is more concerned with self than the needs of others.  A father is expected to be the spiritual leader of the family as well, and their needs must come first.

Today’s world is geared to narcissistic values and often the ability to serve others gets lost in that.  Fathers have often been depicted as the buffoon in such television shows as “All in the Family” up to “The Simpsons” and beyond.  It isn’t easy being a good dad in today’s world.  Single parenting has become the norm in many situations and leadership takes a hit there too.

This week as we prepare to honor dads, let’s remember how God fathers His children.  He loves us unconditionally.  He will lay down his life for us.  He will continue to care about those who have strayed from Him.  He looks at His children’s forgiven hearts rather than their sin, because of death of His Son, Jesus.  He corrects them, He protects them, has a blueprint designed for their lives and He is with them throughout those years into eternity.  That’s a tough act to follow, but it gives us a guide for what God expects of dads.  Let’s pray for their continued presence in their children’s lives – even when they have children of their own.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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5 Responses to WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A DAD?

  1. Another good word my friend. Fathering never stops like our Heavenly Father never stops with us. Pure grace and love!!!

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  2. Kathy you are right on here, I want to add to the part concerning women in the workplace. Because of this situation men are no longer being men- they’re dogging it. Not in the older mature men it’s the twenty year olds that are lazy bums. I work in a warehouse so I see it. Also those shows that you mentioned were never allowed to be on in our house ie Simpson’s or Married with Children because the total lack of respect for father’s.

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    • atimetoshare says:

      Thanks, Stacey. I pray that things will come full circle again some day and dads will again hold a place of honor in families.

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