Father’s Day is this weekend.
This is my second Father’s Day without my own father. Dad died from complications from brain cancer last year. The heavy pain from our loss lingers; the sting now is not so deep.
With a year to think about fathers, children, life, and legacy, all I can come up with is this… that our role as parents is really to model to our children, how to live. Yes, we work, we provide, we navigate… but we should do it all for the benefit of our children.
Those of us who are followers of Christ will tend to submerge our children in the culture of the Church. But there is more to it than just that. There is that part of scripture that teaches us to take our love for Christ and spread it around outside the four walls of the church, into our communities, our workplaces, our ball fields, everywhere. To submerge our kids in the culture of Christ- and Dad was good at that. Loving, serving, working; in plain view of and for the benefit of the Kingdom, and for his children.
Thanks, Dad, for the example.