“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NKJV)
Both my grandfathers are gone, my father also, just over two years ago now, and Hannah’s father, not yet a year. Each of these men, while no longer with us, left an eternal legacy. Godly men, they modeled for their families, their churches, their places of employment, and their communities, what it meant to be a man whose life was forever changed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. They walked, to the best of their ability, with their LORD and Savior. They lived to honor Him, diligently teaching their children the sure foundations of faith.
Popular culture has marginalized and trivialized men in general; fathers in particular. From sit-coms’ portrayal of men and fathers as witless dolts who can’t find their way to the garage without the help of their wives (or children), advertisers “second the motion” with more of the same. At what point did men become non-essential to our families and our culture?
God created male and female for a reason–each with an important role to play in the family and in the Kingdom of God. This is profound truth:
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)
Children need both father and mother who love and serve the LORD–a threefold cord. God meant for us to complement each other’s strengths, helping to overcome one another’s weaknesses (with God’s grace)—better together than apart for advancing God’s Kingdom. Marriage between a godly man and a godly woman provides an unshakeable bedrock for raising Kingdom children.
Today I honor all godly men, whether you are fathers to natural-born or spiritual children. We can never thank you enough for what you have poured into our lives. We are grateful for your:
And for the daily gifts of love you so generously give.
You leave a legacy in our world which will not be forgotten.
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