As a young child, I idolized my dad. I wanted to be just like him in every way. To be able to fix cars like him and to know the things he did about history. Mostly, I just wanted to be tough like him.
My dad was the toughest guy around. I knew he could beat anyone in a fight. In fact, I was so convinced of this that I got into a fight with three of my best friends about who had the toughest dad.
I won. LOL.
I don’t think my experience is all that unique. Young children often look up to their parents, and young boys, in particular, seem to look up to the strength they find in their fathers.
That’s one of the many reasons that fathers are so important.
Dad’s Are IMPORTANT
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated since the middle of the last century in North America. It is the one time of the year that dads wear a tie made out of paper or get a gift card to Canadian Tire to buy cool tools or BBQ nick nacks.
At North Pointe, we celebrate dads. There’s no such thing as a perfect dad, but fathers are necessary to positively shape children and families. We also understand that Father’s Day can bring up all sorts of negative feelings, depending on the relationship you have (or did not have) with your father.
Rather than avoid a day that might be awkward, we choose to celebrate. Regardless of what your experience has been so far, God is a Father to the fatherless and sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:5-6). God is perfect as a father, only giving good gifts to his children…and we are not talking about video games and Barbies. He gives us the gift of a relationship with himself. He gives the right to be in a family where we are adopted and given full rights as children. We even become heirs to all that he has. Pretty amazing stuff.
I have experienced both a good father here on earth and a good Heavenly Father. I feel pretty blessed. However, no matter what your experience has been up until this point, I want you to know that God loves you. And he wants to show you what a good Father is all about.
This Sunday, I challenge you to come to North Pointe. Bring a friend (perhaps your dad!) and hear the message “My Dad is Stronger than Your Dad.” I think you’ll be glad you did.