Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. The older you get the more these holidays change. When we were younger Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were about our parents and making sure we gave them small trinkets of appreciation.
Then as we grew older and had children of our own, the focus shifted to us and our children, never forgetting about our parents though. And as we have aged and parents have passed away, we found these holidays a little less meaningful because our children grew up and moved away. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day just really became a time to connect with children, some we don’t hear from on a regular basis.
But then it changes even more when your children begin to have children. Now Mother’s Day and Father’s Day take on a new perspective because you are focusing on your children and their children. The perspective becomes one of more wisdom watching them make their way through parenting. Enjoying their triumphs and suffering through their missteps and mishaps. It all becomes more about trusting them to do their best.
As I think back to my parenting years, I realize that I did not know anything about raising children and pretty much muddled my way through their formative years. Bob and I tried to do our best and if our children are the fruit of our parenting skills then I guess we did OK. There are so many things I know now that I did not understand then that might have made life just a little easier. But I guess the best thing that I gave our children in those years was my time. I always tried to make time for them. I really enjoyed being around them, even when they were a bit on the challenging side.
So on this Father’s Day my advice to parents everywhere is to make sure that you take time to spend with your children. They are only young for a short time and the memories you make in that short time will impact them for their whole lives. Make those moments count for encouragement and blessings. Don’t let the challenges with your children get in the way of loving them.
God our Heavenly Father doesn’t let our challenges get in the way of His eternal love for us.
Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
Have a happy Father’s Day. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.