The Gift of Honor
“Honor your father and mother–which is the first commandment with promise–so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”–Ephesians 6:2-3(NIV)
I am so excited to share my story for the Encouraging Dads Project. I applaud John Finch and his efforts because this is such an important work. Dads play a vital role in the lives of their children! God uses dads to teach, train, protect, encourage, inspire, and launch children into their God-given purpose. There is also a biblical mandate for children to honor their progenitors.
When I think of my own father–a husband, a father of three daughters, decorated Vietnam veteran, and an entrepreneur–I think of the sacrifices that he made to take care of my sisters and me. Not only did he ensure that our basic needs were met, he ensured that our souls were eternally secure. I will never forget my dad leading us to Christ during a Sunday morning church service. I was 12 years old.
My dad made sure that my sisters and I knew who Jesus was. We were in church every Sunday and Bible Study and Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. We attended every special event, tent meeting, and revival. We prayed at home and studied the word of God.
A lot of time has passed since that initial “salvation” Sunday morning service over 30 years ago. And with that, there have been many highs and lows. There have been moments of great celebration and joy as well as moments when it felt as though the rug had been pulled out from under me. There have been times when I felt like I was floating on air with exuberance and other times when my heart was shattered in pieces. Yet, through it all, there has been one constant–Jesus. Our souls are anchored and secure in Him. My dad taught me this. He instilled biblical values and truths into our lives. We learned the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
So, this Father’s Day, I honor my dad. I recognize the time, work, and effort he invested into our lives (natural and spiritual). As such, he is due the utmost respect. I pray that as Father’s Day is approaching, you would take time to put the commandment of Ephesians 6:2-3 into play in your life. Even if it is not possible for your to honor your dad in the traditional sense, (maybe you never knew your father, or your relationship was estranged, or your dad has passed) there is still and opportunity to honor and fulfill the commandment. Simply thank God for your life and for the one who played a part in getting you here! As you biblically honor your father, God promises that you will be blessed as well.
Father, in the name of Jesus, we give your praise for our fathers. Help us to honor and recognize our fathers in a way that brings you glory, as you have sovereignly chosen them for our lives. We pray for an outpouring of your peace, love, and rest upon each dad. In Jesus’ name, Amen and so be it according to your word.