A father is one of the most influential role models a child can have growing up. Whether a dad realizes it or not, his children are constantly watching and emulating him.
Good fathers are called to love, discipline, display good manners and a strong work ethic, and to lead by example. The Apostle Paul provided sage advice to fathers about raising children when he penned his Letter to the Ephesians from his prison cell:
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
The Bible doesn’t say much about Noah as a father to Shem, Ham, and Japheth; however, we know that he was a man of deep faith and conviction. He believed in God and trusted Him enough that he built an ark to save his family and the animals of the earth. What a demonstration of faith that must have been for his sons to witness!
Whether your earthly father is worthy of being considered a role model or not or whether he was an active part of your life, remember that your Heavenly Father loves you unconditionally and wants to be a part of your life.
On this day where we honor fathers, I pray that you not only honor your father – and if necessary, reach out to mend any wounds – but also that you also open your heart to the love of your Heavenly Father.