Happy Father’s Day!
Last year, I wrote about my own father on Father’s Day, and allowed myself to gush about all the ways he’s a blessing to me, all the reasons I’m grateful for him, and all the things that cause me to thank God for making me his daughter.
I am so very blessed by and thankful for my father. He’s been an amazing dad to me, and I look back over my childhood with fond memories. I can see so many ways he’s taught me, influenced me, and helped strengthen my faith. Without his love and guidance, I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today (and I certainly wouldn’t have the same cheesy sense of humor). He continues to be an amazing dad, and my respect for him grows as I do.
Fathers have very important roles in their families, and in the lives of their children. A father’s influence changes so much. For a long time, I took for granted the fact that my father has been a great influence and leader in my family. Now I know that not everyone has a father (or mother) that they can say the same about.
It’s a broken world, and that means families are broken too – in all different ways. For me and others, that’s meant losing siblings. For some, it’s difficulties with one or both parents. The list goes on for each and every family. There’s no such thing as the perfect family on this earth. But God uses the situation that we’re in to draw us closer to Him, and to teach us more about Himself. It’s not easy, but He’s faithful.
A good father can be a very real example of how our Heavenly Father cares for us. A father that loves his children unconditionally, teaches them even when the teaching process isn’t pleasant, and is always there to encourage and support them as they stumble through life models the way that God loves, teaches, and is constantly with us. I’m thankful to have seen that sort of example firsthand.
Our parents are huge influences on our lives. And in the cases when they’re not the influences they should be, I’ve seen that God tends to bring other role models into those lives to fill those shoes. To guide, teach, love, encourage, support, and be an example of God’s character. We all need those kinds of role models in our lives. And some day, we may end up with the chance to be that role model for someone – if we’re not already.
It’s humbling and scary, and today I’m thanking God for the blessing of a father who’s shown me what being a good role model looks like. In addition, I thought it’d be nice to look at some quotes from other people who have spoken about their fathers. Whether it’s about their own father, or about the qualities of a good father in general, here are ten of my favorite quotes that I found…
1. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
2. “Fatherly love is the act of giving your life for the sake of someone else’s needs.”
3. “A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.”
4. “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”
(Ruth E. Renkel)
5. “The presence and involvement of a father is unlike anything else in the universe. That’s because dads mimic what our heavenly Father does for us, His children—He protects, shelters, comforts and loves.”
6. “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.”
7. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
8. “What a boy can use, and too often doesn’t have, are the heart of his father and the fellowship of men. A boy needs at least one man who pays attention to him, spends time with him, and admires him. A boy needs a role model, a man whom he can regard as a mentor.”
9. “A father’s presence is more important than a father’s provision.”
10. “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.”
It’s so easy to take the blessings in our lives for granted, as you probably know just as well as I do. So if you’ve been blessed with a father that you’re thankful for, please consider this a friendly reminder to show your gratitude in some way. They do so much for us, show so much love to us in their own ways, and they deserve to be shown acknowledgement, love and so much appreciation back. Not just on Father’s Day, but any and every day.
Did any of these quotes speak to you today? Go ahead and let me know your favorites in the comments, as well as if there is a certain topic you’d like to see more quotes about. While you’re there, I’d love to hear something you’ve learned from YOUR father!
‘Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them...’
(Psalms 127: 3-5 NIV)
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