Father’s Day is
celebrated on the third Sunday in June. The idea of an annual celebration was
conceived by Mrs. John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington, in memory of her
father Mr. William Smart. When Mr. Smart lost his wife, he played the role of
both father and mother to his six children.
Mrs. Dodd always remembered her father’s sacrifice.
She believed fathers, like mothers, deserve to have a special day. In tribute to the memory of her father, she
wanted to recognize all fathers on the third Sunday in June– the day of her
father’s death. Thus, Father’s Day was born!
The news of
a Father’s Day celebration quickly spread. The spirit of the day seemed to
touch the hearts of people even in faraway countries.
fatherhood and who is a good father?
dictionary defines father as “a male parent.” Then, if we look up the
word “parent,” it is defined as “the source of a living
thing.” So, the basic definition of a father would be a man who
participates in the biological process of producing another human being.
is more to being a father than that. Yes, there is much more to being a father
than simply siring a child.
years ago, there was a bumper sticker which said something like this: “Any
man can be a father. It takes a special man to be a daddy.”
A good father is not only a procreator but also a
provider. He furnishes his family with the necessities of life. The children
may not have everything they want, but they have what they need. Through his
continuous labor and consistent devotion, he provides his children a suitable
house, necessary clothing, and sufficient food.
A good father is an educator, an inspirer and enabler,
who cares for, shares with, loves, and guides his children. He is neither
permissive nor brutal. He knows that discipline and guidance are woven into the
very fabric of life. He supervises the activities of the home within the bounds
of good taste morally, socially, recreationally, and spiritually.
A good father considers his children as a sacred trust
from God and acts as an indebted and responsible steward to the Sovereign
Owner, God. He keeps himself physically healthy and morally pure. He sets a
good example of a well-rounded person who is a worthy model for his children.
A good father is one who would teach his children by
precept and personal example that both he and his offsprings are the children
of a Heavenly Father whose love surpasses all human love; that their greatest
need is a vital and personal relationship with God.
Fatherhood is a great privilege and a great calling
from God. But like any privilege, it is a great responsibility.
Children, on the other hand, have certain obligations
and responsibilities toward their fathers. Yes, a father’s love should be
reciprocated by his children. Children can express their love visibly and
vocally. They can show their love by a touch, look, kiss, hug, and a word.
They can express their love not only in word, but also
through thoughtful gestures and kindly deeds, children can bring honor to their
father and keep the family name in high esteem. Above all, fathers and their
children should recognize and worship their Heavenly Father, the Father of all