The crowd is wild after a last minute homerun puts the home team out in front. A camera pans to the group of excited college players yelling, “We’re #1.” One smiles and says, “Hi, Dad. Love ya!”
You were totally following me until that last line, right? A player saying, “Hi, Mom”- yes. “Hi, Dad”- What, are you crazy?!
The dichotomy struck me a few weeks ago when I looked at my calendar to doublecheck Father’s Day’s date and there was nothing there. No mention of Father’s Day at all. At first I thought, Oh, well maybe they only listed major holidays on here, like days when the office is closed. I flipped up to see Mother’s Day written as clear as day. Someone in printing simply forgot about it.
Now I have nothing against Mother’s Day because I am a mom. I love going out to eat and getting garishly painted ceramic tiles my kids made (that are strategically hidden.) But seriously, why is dad overlooked and why isn’t anyone shouting, “I LOVE MY DAD!”?
In some instances people are not loving on dad because they don’t know him. For example, in southeast Washington, D.C, a staggering 84 percent of children live in homes without a father. The US Census indicates roughly 15 million children are without a father figure. The inquisitr
Normally a Father’s Day sermon or article about dads highlights statistics (such as those above) and shakes a finger at men. Become more involved in your children’s lives. Stay married. Learn to be a leader. Straighten up and fly right. Listening , as a daughter and wife, I begin to think, “Oh, wow. He does need a swift kick in the butt. Why don’t men act like they are supposed to??”
Seriously?If all we are hearing (including on Father’s Day) is how men are failing, how are we as the women in their lives to have the respect for them we are supposed to be giving them? The Bible clearly states while women need love, men need our respect (Eph. 5:22-33.)
Enough is enough.
Assignment: Over the course of the next week I have a challenge for the rest of us. Those of us who have husbands or fathers, even if we do not have the best relationship with them, it is high time we honor them with affirmation and gratitude. The challenge is simple. Each day through Sunday (Father’s Day) share something on social media with the hashtag #thankdad. Think of something dad (or your husband) does (or has done) that you appreciate. These words of affirmation are exactly what dad loves to hear. Perhaps they will encourage others to notice the GOOD things fathers around the country are doing.