A FATHERS ROLE AND LEGACY
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES:
Throughout scripture you can always find fathers who lived up to their role. They can be found as heads of household, leaders of clans and villages; and more sacred, the Father of all mankind. Jesus referred to the will of his Father in almost everything he did because that was the source of his strength. Because he honored God, God answered him; though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting obedience by what he suffered, just as we do (Hebrews 5: 7-10; MGS).
Fathers today come into the lives of children in many ways. Some gather strength from their fathers; therefore, are eager to instill certain values into their own children. Some take on the challenge and some walk away from the responsibility of nurturing their child (children) during the tender years. It is the design and plan of God for Fathers to be leaders and role models through each and every generation and if there ever was a need for them to step up—the time is now.
How do you define Father if you don’t understand their place in the lives of those depending on them for guidance and encouragement? A Father is a symbol of strength and endurance, they are eager to share in the lives of children and rises to the occasion when necessary without hesitation. A Father set rules and stand firm in molding and shaping their children as they grow. Much is expected of Fathers because they are valued for their wisdom and understanding.
As we approach a time of the year set aside to honor Fathers, let us look to them for the strength they embody and thank them for all they do to secure our future generations. For those who have yet to understand and accept their responsibilities as a Father, let us pray that they will seek to grasp the joy of fatherhood. Oh! Teach us to live well! Let your servants see what you’re best at—the ways you rule your children. Let the loveliness of our Lord, our God rest on us, confirming the work we do (Psalms 90: 12-17).