Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Thanks to Good Fathers

This Sunday, we celebrate the unique relationship between fathers and their children.

When we think of all the responsibilities of a good father, words like “teach,” “discipline” and “provide” come to mind. We expect our dads to “do.”

Along with words, many images are stirred. Maybe you remember the baseball practices your dad never missed, even after a long day of work. Perhaps you recall the times he helped pack and unpack heavy boxes as you moved from place to place through college. If you’re lucky, you may remember the lessons he taught by example without ever saying a word.

If you’ve been blessed with children of your own, maybe Father’s Day causes you to re-evaluate your role as a parent. Are you doing everything you can to ensure a healthy, productive future for your son or daughter?

It’s clear the presence or absence of a father in a child’s life has an enormous effect on their development. Fathers are given a unique opportunity to forever impact and influence the lives of their children.

As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, I applaud the fathers who have sacrificed their time, money and efforts for their children. No better investment can be made than one that touches the heart and mind of a child.

Happy Father’s Day.

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