“I can’t wait to be a father.” A declaration my son has made more than once.
His mindset makes my heart happy—not because I’m in a rush for him to have kids, but it shows a healthy attitude amongst a society where single mothers are common place, because dads are absent. And the short list of reasons many men don’t parent is because they are unavailable, irresponsible, or indifferent. Unfortunately, their children are suffering for it.
Studies show that children of absentee fathers are far more likely to have learning deficits, lower rates of attending college, higher percentages of delinquency, and incarceration. While every parent can attest to the joys, the heartaches, challenges, and certainly the responsibilities associated with that role, fathers have proven to have a unique impact on a child’s well-being and development. Conclusion—fathers matter.
In addition, fathers inherently symbolize our Heavenly Father. In other words, whether they leave a good or bad impression, fatherhood is more than just a physiological connection.
Genesis 18:19 For I (the LORD) have chosen him (Abraham), that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” ESV Parenthesis mine
Fatherhood is a major theme in my book, A Furrow So Deep. The main character, Dean Anderson, explores the time sensitive topics of significance, the importance of consistency, and the hope of measuring-up through the help of the LORD.
As we celebrate Father’s Day this year, l invite you to show appreciation to those who have embraced this uniquely important role, and pray for those embarking on this journey, remembering to encourage them.
May the LORD bless you dear reader.