I recall on Mother's Day, the fathers at our church would talk about wanting to see what would be done for them on Father's Day. The children honored the mothers in a very special way. Many fathers said to me they feel Father's Day is more neglected than Mother's Day. Should that be?
As I think of what the Bible says "honor your father and mother," and "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 19:19), it is clear. Honor is what the Bible directs us to do.
Maybe you can buy fancy gifts, or perhaps you are striving to get the perfect gift card. However, consider what the passage says, "honor your father.....as yourself." Is honoring someone just taking the time to get a gift or even a gift card?
A father is one of superior status, one whose worth brings respect. Everyone does not have a father that is with them, yet should we punish those fathers who are active in the lives of children? Should we not express great respect to the fathers who get up daily to help provide for their families? Should we not honor fathers who spend time with their children, helping to raise them the best way they know how?
As this weekend closes and Father's Day approaches, consider a way to show great respect to your father. If you have children, prepare them to pamper their father, as you would a king. If there is someone in your life who fills a father role, thank him and honor him.
I pray that this Father's Day be one that fathers will appreciate and remember for years to come. I pray that you will take the time to find it in your heart to be respectful and commend the father who is in your life. I pray that you have the strength to visit your father, if only in spirit. God commands us to honor our father. Do you not think that when we dishonor our father we dishonor our heavenly Father?