Last weekend I ran a 5K race with my son. It was something he really wanted to do. I was so glad to start the race with him and just finish the race. Even though my son left me in the dust. WOW! I never thought that day would come. As I ran that race the journey of fatherhood ran through my mind. I thought of all that I have done with my son over the years and I asked myself, have I been the father my son needs and deserves? It was the Irish Festival 5K race that inspired these thoughts...I hope they will challenge you to run the race of Fatherhood and finish well.
Father's Day is all about Dad, right? It should be a time of building a legacy, modeling manhood and remembering the important things in life. This is not supposed to be just another Hallmark Day. No offense Hallmark, but real men know that this day is way more important than some emotional card that you pay too much for. It is also more important than just one day with the family or a BBQ. It is supposed to be a day that reminds us of our successes and motivates us to be better men!!!!
That is why I am encouraging every man to take the time to be intentional about being a better father...never settle for mediocrity or leaving the upbringing of your children to chance. Make a committment to be involved, be motivated to make a difference, and take responsibility for being a father of courage in a culture that desperately needs men to rise up and model authentica manhood.
This Father's Day I am taking my family to church like I do every Sunday. This Fatehr's Day I plan on making a committment to my Heavenly Father to be the Father He has called me to be and I will resolve before my children by participating in a special Father's Day Ceremony to be the Father they need and deserve!!! I look forward to this resolution and I pray I am courageous enough to be that man my son and daughters need to help them through every aspect of life!!! I don't want to miss a single moment!!!
What is what I am doing, so I encourage you whatever you do men, that you will make an effort to be more involved and to be more intentional in the lives of your children. The young boys of today desperately need to see real men stand up for the family, love their mothers, and live by a moral code of conduct. The young ladies of today need to see in their daddy's a hero, protector, gentleman and the type of man they need to look for when they decide to get married someday.
Men, this is one battle we cannot afford to loose. Let's raise our children to victory by being the Father's our children need and deserve so that we will impact this generation and beyond. So that we can reclaim the family and society. As we rise up to this challenge, may each of us Father's some day here the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."