Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us?
Malachi 2:10a (New King James Version)
Today, we celebrate Father’s Day in the United States. We take a day aside for “Dad” just like we did for “Mom” a month ago on Mother’s Day. Instead of flowers and perfume, it’s ties and tools. It’s supposed to be a special day for Dad.
But it seems in America, dads don’t get a whole lot of respect. We’re still seen as bumbling, clueless people who Mom (and sometimes the kids) have to help out-thanks to the media and Madison Avenue. We’re seen as walking, breathing ATM machines for our kids. We’re “unhip” at times to said kids. We’re also seen as deserting, “deadbeats” who walk out on our spouses and kids. We’re seen as cold and aloof. We’re seen as “drill sergeants”=especially to our sons=compared to “diplomat” mothers. Dads don’t get such a good deal at times. And we wonder why young men avoid fatherhood and even go as far as getting a vasectomy.
However, as a father, let me clue you in on the real deal. It’s not easy being a dad in today’s world. Many of us had to be father and mother-for whatever reason. Many of us on our worst days, could do more than some women on their best days when it comes to things at home. We may be unhip cats who are tight with the dough; yet, it’s because we’ve been busy caring for our children while teaching them to appreciate things that money can and cannot buy. Yes, there are deadbeat deserting dads, yet many of us have stepped up to the plate-especially when it was Mom who deserted. When it comes to our sons,we’re trying to raise up future men, not “Mama’s Boys”. We may be strict and overprotective at times, but it’s in our nature to defend our families.
At the end of the day, we dads still love, protect, teach, correct, discipline, and cherish our children. Take if from a father.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers-and father figures-out there!