Dad is such a doofus.
At least that what today’s advertisers and sit-com producers (who often portray fathers as being oblivious, emotionally disconnected, or just plain incompetent) would have us believe. Even the good guys–the TV Dads whose hearts are in the right place–are almost always making some sort of mess that Mom has to come in and clean up.
Honestly though? The real-life fathers I know are nothing like that. The fathers I know are smart. Strong. Patient. And kind.
And in general, they are very resourceful.
Just this week, for example, a friend invited me to survey her husband’s handiwork. After discovering a leak in their roof, this dad had stepped in, installing a stop-gap measure until the pros could get there. The pitch was both slippery and steep, but this guy had managed to hang an industrial-size tarp over half of their house, weighting it down with a cooler (empty), a bottle of ginger ale (full), and a mooring ball.
“All the tarp anchors are plastic!” he beamed. “I didn’t want anything to break if something went wrong.”
(Because what could possibly go wrong?)
Looking up at the mooring ball dangling down from the eaves, I was reminded of the time Robbie fixed our broken shower head–temporarily–with duct tape and our cheese grater. I love that man.
So to all of the can-do fathers out there, can I just say THANK YOU? You make life so much more interesting than it would otherwise be.
And for all of those times you’ve protected and provided, listened and loved, been the cheerleader as well as the coach…(as well as those times when you’ve blown it–and trust me, we moms have been there)…you should know how God feels towards you.
Here’s how the Bible puts it:
God will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
That’s Hebrews 6:10. And it’s true; God sees all the work and the love you pour into your people–and he won’t forget it. And neither will we.
(Even if we sometimes forget to say thank you.)
Happy Father’s day. You are loved.
Show your love to our husbands and fathers, even as they have loved us.
Help them stand firm, letting nothing move them. Equip them to give themselves fully to the work that you’ve called them to do, knowing that their labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)