The Feminist movement has been trying to sell the idea that Fathers aren’t either necessary or important. The Bible disagrees. Good Fathers are vital. Today’s devotional will explain and illustrate. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Ephesians 6:4 (ESV)
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
“A few years ago, I heard a powerful illustration of a father’s inability to appreciate his influence on his children. A speaker told of a congressman who had spent the day fishing with his son. Later that day he wrote in his diary, ‘Today, I went fishing with my son. A day wasted.’ The congressman’s son also kept a diary; his notation for the same day read, ‘Went fishing with my father today ― the greatest day of my life.” [James L. Schaller, The Search for Lost Fathering, (Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell, 1995), p. 142-143]
Why did Kirk Douglas become an actor? He tells us and he is 90 years old!
“When you take inventory about all the moments of a life, you don’t forget the sad moments. And in many ways, they mean more than the happy moments. I have had lots of sad moments. My father was never interested in what I was doing. But when I was in the second grade, we did a play in school, and I got the part of a shoemaker. My mother made a black apron for me. On stage that night, I was amazed to see my father at the back of the theater. After the show, he took me by the hand and bought me an ice-cream. It’s the only time I remember feeling close to him. It was a very important moment for me, like I was being recognized. I always think that ice-cream cone represents my first Oscar.” [Kirk Douglas, “Loves, Labors and Loss,” AARP: The Magazine, (February/March 2015), p. 66]