Take time to honour Dad

“Honour your father and mother.’

This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise.

And this is the promise: If you honour your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.’ And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord. Ephesians Chapter 6 verses 2 – 4.

Fathers are the biggest source of strength for a child. The innocent eyes of a child perceive father as the all-powerful, most knowledgeable, truly affectionate and most important person in the family. For daughters, fathers are the first men they adore and fall in love with.

While for sons their fathers are the strongest person they know and someone they aspire to emulate. Even for the grownups fathers are someone whom they look up to for the most experienced and honest advice that is always in the best of our interest. For this great figure in our life that we know as father – it becomes our utmost duty to pay our humblest tribute on the occasion of Father’s Day.

Children blessed with a loving father should consider themselves fortunate, for they have someone to take care of their needs and interests; someone to stop them when they are diverting to a wrong path and guide them on a road to success and virtue. For many of us, fathers have always been there to solve our mathematics and science problems and explain the same formula for the hundredth time or better still until it is understood by us. Fathers would never ever give a smallest of hint to let us know how hard they work to take care of our needs and fulfil even the most whimsical of demands… For all their adorable scolding and affectionate punishments, we all owe a big thanks to our Dads.

Father’s Day also brings with it the wonderful opportunity to apologise for all our rude and insensitive behaviour. We as children often take the love and affection of our parents for granted and treat them with outright contempt. We need to apologise. We must feel great to have the presence of a loving father in our lives and do not disrespect the blessing of God on us. On Father’s Day we must says ‘sorry’ to our Dad and seek his forgiveness for our wrong behaviour.

We must make all efforts to celebrate Father’s Day with our Dad. Children staying away from father must especially strive to spend the day with father and show gratitude for all their support and love. We must pamper father by spending the day in a manner he likes most. It could be going out for a picnic or indulging him with a gourmet meal. We can also express love with thoughtful gifts accompanied by a bouquet of his favourite flowers. The idea is to show our affection and tell Daddy how much he is loved and appreciated not just on Father’s Day but every single day of our lives.

Children blessed with a loving father should consider themselves fortunate.