For those of you who are Fathers – Happy Fathers Day. This is a special day for you. For the rest of us, we can remember our fathers or in some cases think about the meaning of forgiveness for our fathers. Over the years, I’ve seen some great sayings on the importance of being a father. Here are a few of my favorites:
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
It is easier for father to have children than for children to have a real father.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
The greatest gift I ever had, came from God: I call him Dad.
You know fathers just have a way of putting things together.
To really know a father, observe his behavior with a lady, a flat tire and a child.
A wise son makes a glad father. – Proverbs
Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. — Mark Twain
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
Once a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, make me the kind of man my daddy is. Later that night, the father prayed, Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants.
Psalm 131 – Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead I have quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord — now and always.
Somehow, this prayer seems appropriate and reassuring. With the issues that are swirling around us, the Psalmist reminds us to, like a weaned child, to put our hope in the Lord – now and always. It’s so easy to get caught up in current issues and forget the main reason for our existence.
“Lord, don’t let my heart be proud nor my eyes haughty. Help me to calm and quiet myself before You and put my hope in You, now and always.”
“I am creating something new in you: a bubbling spring of joy that spills over into others’ lives. Your part is to live close to Me, open to all that I am doing in you. Don’t try to control the streaming of My Spirit through you. Just keep focusing on Me as we walk through this day together. Enjoy My Presence, which permeates you with love, joy and peace.” — Jesus Calling