Sonona Smart Dodd in Spokane, Washington wanted to show her love and admiration toward her dad by honoring him who raised her and her five brothers after their mother died. A Mother's Day sermon she listened in 1909 instigated her to do so. Thus Spokane observed the first Father's Day in June, 1910, the month of William Smart's birthday with the help of the community and the governor. The third Sunday of June was declared Father's Day by the Mayor of Spokane and in 1956 the Congress recognized the date and observation and a permanent national celebration day was proclaimed by president Nixon in 1972, 58 years after Mother's Day was declared 1n 1914. Like Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, now Father's Day has been observing all over the country.
1. Honor your Father and your mother: Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16 (one of the ten commandments) cf. Deuteronomy 8:1-9
2. My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother: Proverbs 1:8
3. Receive father's words and treasure his commandments: Proverbs 2:1
4. Pay attention to father's words (Proverbs 4:20) and wisdom (5:1)
5. Humble before a friend: Proverbs 6:3
6. Make parents glad: Proverbs 10:1
7. Listen, observe, and follow the footsteps of father: Proverbs 23:6
8. Fear the Lord: Proverbs 24:21
9. Be wise: Proverbs 27:1.
If parents are concerned about the children's eating habits, the enamel of thier teeth, etc., they should also be concerned about their moral and spiritual welfare. Children should not grow up in a spiritual vaccum. Joseph's parents taught their children to love God and value charity from childhood. Jesus gave us a moral foundation. He put meaning and purpose into our lives. He fills our life with His presence. Parents should play with them and pray with them and eat with them. "I'd rather have Jesus than silver and gold I'd rather be His than riches untold." Being a father is life's greatest privileges and responsib-ilities. Inch by inch a child's personality is formed by the closeness it has with its family. Share the pain, hurt, and rejections. Share joys and sorrows, failures and successes, hopes and dreams.
ABRAHAM, AN IDEAL FATHER:
Father of All Nations:
(1) Praised children and especially spouse: "Beautiful" Genesis 12:11
(2) Found a suitable match for his son (not from other tribe, but from his own): Genesis 24:3-4
(3) No dowry question: He was rich in many ways.
Early Fathers blessed their sons:
(1) Issac: Esau and Jacob: Genesis 27: 1ff
(2) Jacob: Genesis 49: 1ff
(3) Moses: Deuteronomy 33: 1ff
A. Blessed promise to all of God's people
B. Underneath are the everlasting arms: Deut 33:27.
A FATHERS' ADVICE:
1. Compliment where ever and when ever possible
2. Say "Thank you" and "please" a lot
3. Make friends, but keep secrets
4. Learn the trade and admit mistakes
5. Be brave and learn to listen
6. Do charity works and pray for wisdom and courage
7. Read the Holy Bible cover to cover
8. Never deprive someone and never take action when angry
9. Loose a battle, but win a war
10. Don't gossip
11. Don't expect life to be fair
12. Substitute "problem" with "opportunity"
13. Do not walk on a quarrel with the spouse
14. Do not procastinate
15. Get priorities straight
16. Don't be afraid to say "I don't know" or "I am sorry"
17. Make a list of things you want to achieve in your life and follow through. Have parental love and support, give children freedom to choose, build sel-respect, be model to them and have open communication. Do not expect more than they can, don't be too authoritative, give utmost concern for priorities, do not be a hypocrite, and do not misuse or abuse parental authority.
TURN THE HEARTS OF FATHERS TO THE CHILDREN (MALACHI 4:5-6):
1. Right leadership: Bring the children to the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Display compassion, courage, godly understanding, firmness, maturity, and loving leadership. Be a coach, not a judge,
2. Good provider: He gives all good things (James 1:17): Support, love, emotionally and spiritually.
3. Guidance: Train them the right way to live (Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:7): Moral matters, discipline. Father should be around the children to support them (Psalms 128:1-4)
4. Consistent: The same yesterday, today and for ever (Hebrews 13:8): Value of God's way; character; peaceful (1 Corinthians 14:33). God is our model. Keep the faith and be strong: 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Abshalom fought with his father: 2 Samuel 12:1ff David loved Abshalom, his son, so much. But Abshalom murdered Abnon ( 2 Samuel 13:28-28). David regained Abshalom's affection ... Abshalom's plot against David ( 2 samuel 15:1-6). David still loved him (2 Samuel 18:5) Father's love and affection toward their children.
DADS ARE GREAT:
May not be a world leader, a famous doctor or a war hero or a sports hero or business tycoon.. but a father is the greatest person in the eyes of his children... He pays his bills, goes to church with them on Sundays, helps the kids to learn and to shop around. Like mother, he is all in all in the family. Respect him and give him credit as he is a great success as a husband, a father, and a friend. If a MOTHER is a CEO, vicepresident, treasurer, secretary, bookeeper, quality control manager, event coordinator, creative director, productive analyst, humanitarian, trainer, or the communications manager, FATHER is the supervisor of all of these and much more.
(1) Cologne:About 3,500 gallons are sold every year in connection with Father's day making it the the second largst cologne-purchasing holiday after Christmas.
(2) Ties: About 10 million ties sold, again second after Christmas
(3) Roses: About two million every year. Flower gift-givings have been increasing 30% every year.
(4) Telephone calls: About 100 million (115 million on Mother's Day) making it third after Mother's Day and Christmas.
(5) Greting cards and gift packages: 130 million cards and 75 million packages, again third after Christmas and Mother's Day.
(6) Pants and small gift items: Wrinkle-free pants and small gifts are also popular items.
(7) Tools and Game items: Restock stool sheds with power equipments or present with golf/tennis items ... anything according to the need and taste of fathers.