Summary: Father's, guiding our children, building families

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(Father’s Day)

Eph 6: 1-4 (p 829) June 17, 2012


I want my sons to love their wives like I love their Mother…I want my son’s-in-laws to love my daughters like I love their Mom.

As a husband, and father I want to “give them a target to shoot at (not literally). I want to give them a goal to work toward. Give them a pattern that they can see clearly, Billy Graham said, “Do that and you give your children something that gold and silver cannot buy.”

I love being a Dad…I love being a Granddad, (Pawpaw) even more…but. Father’s day has that bittersweet taste to it…because my target, my pattern, my goal to work toward left this earth in 2004.

But one of the reasons I want to be that kind of example for my children, and grandchildren is because of the example he was for me…

It breaks my heart to see the effects of absentee fathers…or maybe ever worse…”abusive and unhealthy” fathers…I can’t even imagine what that’s like because of what my earthly father did for me…loving, generous, self-scarifying..Faithful to my mom and God and His country…that’s what Dad constructed in me…

He was the primary teacher of what it means to be a Man…Here’s what one guy said were the top 10 reasons to be a man…

10 You know stuff about tanks.

9 You can go to the bathroom without a support group.

8 If someone forgets to invite you to something he can still be your friend.

7 You can drop by to see a friend without bringing a little gift.

6 If another guy shows up at the same party in the same outfit, you might become lifelong buddies.

5 One wallet, one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.

4 There is always a game on somewhere.

3 Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with, “So…notice anything different?”

2 If something mechanical doesn’t work, you can bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room.

1 You can do your nails with a pocketknife.

That’s why it’s good to be a “Man”!!!

Hey, some of us had great examples of what it means to be “a man”…others had horrible examples…or no example at all…Some of us had “step dads” that stepped into the breach…or “mentors” that socially adopted us “along with the real sons” I almost feel guilty because of the Dad I had…how good he was, how secure he made us all feel.

I cannot explain why I received that blessing…and maybe you didn’t or why God would allow you to go through all you’ve been through to get here ….But…

You are here WOW…our past effects us…and sometimes prepares us…but it does not have to define our future.

So, fathers, mentors, brothers, men…and those of you who love us (women and children).

Here’s the question...what are you building…what does your construction zone look like? How is god building you and how are you constructing the pattern for others?

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