Today is Father’s Day, a day in which we honor our fathers. Scripture tells us to honor our father and mother. It doesn’t give any exceptions to this. It doesn’t say to honor him if he is a good dad…it says honor him. I happened to have been blessed by God with one of the good ones. In addition to God telling me I have to honor him, my dad gave me every reason to honor him.
The following is a promo of their Father’s Day video that they produced. The Skit Guys are some cool guys. Tommy and Eddie have been teaching God’s word, using drama, comedy, video, whatever, for over twenty years. Check out their website at SkitGuys.com for alot of useful and entertaining resources for kids, youth and the church as a whole.
In the video, when Eddie was asked what being a dad was like, he started to answer but then was like, “how do you answer that kind of question?”
My dad wasn’t a lecturer. He usually didn’t tell you how to go about something…he showed you how to go about it. From maintaining vehicles to how to deal with people, my dad showed me how it was done. Did he always get everything right? No, but he wasn’t wrong very often when it mattered.
He was the one to keep our home on an even keel too. The following quote from C.S. Lewis reminded me of mom and dad.
He has the last word in order to protect other people from the intense family patriotism of the wife. If anyone doubts this, let me ask a simple question. If your dog has bitten the child next door, or if your child has hurt the dog next door, which would you sooner have to deal with, the master of that house or the mistress?”
– C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity
I just had to chuckle. I always said I got my momma’s temper. Dad? You didn’t see him get his feathers ruffled much. When he did get them ruffled, it was with a calm that could be scary to those on the wrong side of it…lol. Me? I let people push my buttons…correction, I let them see that they are pushing my buttons.
At the end of the clip, Eddie finally responded to the question by asking, “how much time ya got?” The question was a little rhetorical but very relevant at the same time. Kind of a ‘guess ya had to be there’ kind of thing. I don’t remember ever asking my dad if he had time. He never gave me any indication that he didn’t have time…I just always assumed he had time. Raising a productive member of society doesn’t just happen by itself. My father was one who spent the time to make it happen.
Looking back, I have copied my dad on alot of things. We agree on most things and, though we enjoy different leisure activities making us seem so different, you can count it all up and find our similarities outnumber our differences.
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”
– Charles Caleb Colton
Now, I appreciate my dad more than I ever have. I don’t call him as much as I should but I am reminded of him all the time as I wonder in various situations what dad would do.
Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
Proverbs 17:6 (NASB)
Honor is not a big concept any more. Check out the following graph illustrating how the word ‘honor’ has trended.
Logic tells us that, if the use of the term has fallen off, the practice of it probably has also. How about we rebel against society a little bit and promote concepts that society has left behind.
So, all y’all need to let your dad know you honor him. Hopefully he has been a dad that makes you want to. But even if he hasn’t been, God says to honor him. Who knows? Maybe if you honor him, he will want to be such a dad that rates that honor…maybe the honor thing will rub off.
And happy father’s day to all the dad’s out there.