It’s not an easy time to be a dad in today’s culture. We live in a society that often demeans and discourages dads instead of valuing and encouraging them. If you watch a sitcom on TV, the dad is often portrayed as incompetent, bumbling and a target for ridicule. Certain segments of our society are advocating that dads aren’t necessary within a family. Their role is antiquated and obsolete. On top of this, men, in general, are facing temptations from online immorality, social media pressures and the wounds that are still healing from dysfunctional relationships with their own fathers. It’s not an easy time to be a dad.
Despite these challenges, I’m thankful for the men that are stepping up at Fairlane to be good dads to their children. These men are committed to loving their families well and provide a godly example for their children. They work hard to provide for their families while also striving to be present and engaged in activities at home and with their children in their pursuits. I’m thankful for dads who are choosing to follow Christ and turn away from the immoral temptations of this world. I’m thankful for dads who show up to engage in worship with their families. They step up to serve within our church family, in their neighborhoods and in our community. They sacrifice, work and strive to be a blessing to their families, church and friends. They are not perfect, by any means, but they have seen Jesus and they want to follow Him.
As you see these men among us, I hope you will encourage them as well. Let them know that you see them, and you see the difference that they are making. Let them know that you appreciate their efforts. Pray for them. Lift them up before the Father. Pray for their strength, pray for their faith to grow and pray for their protection as they are continually under assault. Satan doesn’t want any father to thrive and be successful.
Godly dads make an eternal difference. Be thankful for the men in our midst who have chosen to follow Jesus and to show their families and friends the difference He can make in their lives. They are making a difference and need all of the encouragement and love we can give them.
Thank you Fairlane dads for stepping up and becoming the men and fathers that God is calling you to be.
(Donuts for Dads are available in the fellowship between services!)