God, in His infinite wisdom, designed the home perfectly. Men and women fit together so perfectly, and their traits compliment each other in a way that can only be by grand design. While women nurture, men protect, provide, guide, and lead.
It has become so common today to hear man-bashing on social media, the news, and all forms of entertainment. Please don’t fall into that trap. That was not what God intended for the role of men. That is Satan using people in division. There are both good and bad people everywhere you look. The next time you hear that negative man-hate filled speech, turn away and remember your own father, grandfather, or a great man who filled that father-figure roll in your life.
We need to encourage the fathers in the church, but most importantly in our own homes, and show them our love and appreciation for all the ways they loved us, encouraged us, protected us and provided for us.
For the Christian father, there is no other greater work or joy than to lead your children to Christ and lead them spiritually in a Christ-Centered home. Research shows that having a father in the home who is active in raising his children and is a spiritual leader helps his children to become strong, independent, and responsible citizens, keeping them out of negative situations such as drugs, promiscuity, and incarceration.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4 (ESV)
“The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him!” Proverbs 20:7 (ESV)
What are ways that you can show the father in your home how much you appreciate all that he does for your family? Father’s day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 16th!
We know that you can go and buy the traditional Father’s Day gifts, but we wanted to give you ways to show him that you love him. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. The following ideas will surely show the father in your life how much you appreciate him. These are also great ideas for the family that wants to do something for Dad but are on a tight budget (and that would be this mom).
1. Worship together.
If Dad is a faithful Christian, he would love to have you worshipping alongside him this Father’s Day. Parents always love to show off their kids no matter how old they are. If you don’t normally worship together, make it a point to join him. If he’s not a faithful Christian, invite him to worship with you. You never know what seeds might get planted.
2. Make a short video.
Step 1: Sit down and create an outline. Think about what you want to say before you hit the record button. If you have kids, write out a list of questions to ask them.
Step 2: Record. Video your thoughts or answers from the kids in short segments. Consider the sound and lighting. Natural daylight is best.
Step 3: Put it all together. Many computers come with free software. Mac’s come with iMovie, and Windows comes with Movie Maker. If you cannot find either of these on your computer, Filmora has a free download called Wondershare Filmora9. It doesn’t need to be perfect. Dad will love it because you made the effort.
3. Give the gift of service.
How can you serve Dad this Father’s Day? Think of ways you can show Dad how much you appreciate him by serving him. Some ideas might include washing his car, taking out the trash, or mowing the grass. Would Dad appreciate a little help organizing his tools or cleaning out the garage? Show him you care with acts of service.
4. Family Game Night.
5. Feed Him.
Make Dad his favorite meal or take him out to his favorite restaurant. You know what they say… “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
6. Get Moving.
Does Dad enjoy the outdoors? Take him fishing or out for a hike. Challenge him to a game of hoops or a round of golf. Just get outside and have fun together.
7. Communicate Your appreciation.
Does Dad live far away? Write him a letter or pick up the phone and give him a call. Communicate your appreciation for him and the sacrifices he has made in your life. Recently I heard of a family that uses birthdays and special occasions to bless the honoree verbally. Simply go around the table and tell dad why you love and appreciate him. It will make his day– maybe even his year!
8. Give him a hug.
Don’t forget to reach out and give your dad a hug. Life changes in the blink of an eye. I wish I had taken more opportunities to hug my dad and honor him on Father’s Day.