THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

June 17, 2012

Father’s Day

Everyone has been influenced by their father. Hopefully it has been a good influence. Even if the influences were negative, they can be turned around for good in your life, if you will let them.

My father passed on a strong work ethic and sense of right and wrong. He was opinionated. He was a strong provider–he brought home the bacon. Dad was not perfect, but he was still Dad–not just a biological father–and I love him for that. My dad passed away just three weeks before my 18th birthday. I suppose you could make a case for that being a critical time in my life, but I suppose every facet of childhood and young adulthood is critical. Anyway, everyone has their own father story, and they are all important…because fatherhood is important. I think God thinks it is important. God has made fathers the guardians and preservers of human life itself. Fathers bestow it, mothers nurture it. Dads and moms influence it.

The Bible makes an interesting prophetic statement in the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi:

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.  –Malachi 4:5,6

A culture will be blessed if its fathers are respected and responsible. God bless our fathers. They are worthy of a day of honor.

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