Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Provision: Tribute to All Fathers

This is a tribute to all fathers out there. Happy Father's Day.

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society" by Billy Graham.

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1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Supplying the needs for the family is not an easy job, it is a very tough job. Parents, especially fathers, should not feel ashamed when they cannot give a child life’s essential.


The POOR PROVIDER

What might come as a surprise is that a man who offers his family MUCH MORE than the fundamentals can nevertheless be a poor provider. By giving in to every whim and materially spoiling his children or spouse, the household leader is not practicing good family management.

The WISE PROVIDER

A wise provider knows that boundaries are important in teaching loved ones self-control and discipline. Consequently, he will set limits that are in keeping with the Lord’s purpose for his family.

Mothers, sisters or women are known to be the emotional in the family. Usually, mothers are the one who provide first hand when it comes to emotional things even children’s personal needs.

But others failed to see the emotional provision a father can give.

Fathers can offer a sense of belonging.
Parents build strong family ties by listening to their kids’ opinions and respecting their feelings. When that is the case, children know they have a safe haven from unpleasant circumstances—they feel security in a circle of people who love them unconditionally. It is like how God listens to our needs and respect what we deserve and as children of God (But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: - John 1:12), He continues to be faithful in providing us our need even if we are unfaithful to Him.

Fathers can give their children a sense of worth.
So many boys and girls are growing up thinking they have no value. These kids try to compensate for their poor self-image through sex or drug use, but they end up even more disappointed. What a child needs is someone who will care for them someone that will make them feel special. And if they don't find it in their homes or their parents, they'll try to find it outside by being involve with frineds rather than their families. A good father involves himself with his children by bonding with his children (watch tv, movies with them, playing games, joining their children's hobbies, etc...) Anything that involves time or effort with their children makes them feel valued and this gives a sense of worth to them.

As children of God, how are we valued? How much worth are we to God? This is what the Bible tells us (Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? - Matt 6:26)

Dads can provide a sense of confidence.
A father who expresses his support instills good self-worth and assurance in his children. Saying to sons and daughters,“I BELIEVE IN YOU NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME” - letting them know that they are unconditionally loved and if the child achieves something “I AM SO PROUD OF YOU” they will be more confident to do their best. If they failed we can say “YOU’VE DONE YOUR BEST, IN GOD’S TIME YOU WILL ACHIEVE IT.” Doing this, even if the child fails, his or her sense of confidence will not waver. Because a good father is faithful and loves his children even if they fail. Like our God the Father that loves us eventhough we are unfaithful to him (For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. - Psalms 100:5)

If this is what our earthy father can provide, what more can we get from our Father in heaven?

"If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth." - Mark 9:23

Did You Know?

A child’s first image of God is his earthly father. We Christians spend a lot of time discussing ways to protect or improve our witness. We need not only to live our faith in front of co-workers and friends, but in the privacy of our home too. Let us show how Jesus works in us SPECIALLY when we are with our family. If we show forgiveness, patience, and acceptance then our children will expect to find those traits in the Lord.

== Author's Note:
Again, Happy Fathers Day to everyone. This is also a tribute to my late father. "Dad, I hope my words reached you as God have used me to share His words before you. I pray that I may see you there in heaven when it is my time."


5 comments:

The Pope said...

Happy Father's Day to you and your late father. I wish he has met my departed father in the Paradise.

NoBenta said...

this is very inspiring! i'll keep it for life. first time dad ako and i want to make it right the first time.

happy father's day parekoy! \m/

Life Moto said...

isang maligayang daddy's day bro.

Noel said...

Thank you sa inyong lahat. Nawa ay na-enjoy niyo ang Father's Day.

Hi I'm ROY said...

happy father's day to you pare.

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