Father’s Day: Reflection on the Role, Responsibility and Reward of Fatherhood

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 – “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Shared wisdom, a life to be emulated, a faith shared – fatherly love.  

The responsibilities that lie with fatherhood stretch far beyond comprehension. He is more than the income-bearer, the maintenance man, the gardener, the hunter, or the family accountant.

Step out of the box and walk with us as we reveal the inner workings of a father’s heart….

Upon the shoulders of a father rests the lifelong consequences of that which he imparts to his children. If a father teaches his children to love, they will know the inexpressible joy of selflessness, emanating the reflection of Christ to others. If a father teaches his children forgiveness, they will learn to extend grace. If a father teaches his children to laugh, they will radiate joy to those around them.. If a father teaches his children to work hard, they will understand the reward of toil. If a father teaches his children to tell the truth, they will be known for their integrity. If a father teaches his children to be patient, they will understand that waiting is beneficial and that timing is not theirs.

If a father teaches his child faith, if he walks in the Truth, if he lives in the Word and leads in the Spirit of Christ, his children will be fed for a lifetime.

“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galations 5:22

As a father lives, so shall his children live. A father holds ultimate accountability with the Lord God Himself for the children given to him, and for the unity of his family through Christ during the season of child-rearing and beyond. The love, honor and sacrifice exemplified to his wife sets a precedent for his children’s future relationships.

It has been said that the father is the “umbrella of protection” of his family. His arms wrap them in the love of the Father himself, keep them from harm and hold them close to his heart.

His life is not to be looked upon as a mortal accomplishment, but a spiritual responsibility to display the attributes of the Father Himself. He is the steadfast anchor of God’s precious people.

The staff at Wisconsin Family Action are humbled to honor fathers this weekend, knowing they are the bedrock of the family, that faithful commitment to marriage is the key to healthy relationships, and that their loving example of Christ’s love is a high calling.


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