Today’s FACING YOUR BLITZ devotional from Jeff Kemp is a special Father’s Day edition. In today’s devotional, Jeff shares some of the things his dad, Jack Kemp, did well and is open about some of the things he didn’t do well. Then, Jeff challenges himself and other dads to not let the shortfalls in our fatherhood keep us from improving as dads, no matter our age or our children’s age. All of us can continually improve and that includes us, dad.
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“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. – Exodus 20:12, NLT
How have you honored your father? Our friends at the Fatherhood CoMission have been promoting a great campaign for fathers – Honor Your Father Today. Check out the Honor Your Father Today website and view some of the videos from guys like Tony Dungy, Kirk Cameron, Dr. John Trent, Dennis Rainey and many more. Dennis Rainey has also written a book called The Forgotten Commandment about honoring parents. If you’ve never taken the time to write a tribute to your father (or mother) maybe the best gift you can give your dad this Father’s Day is not another tie but something that tells him what he has meant to you. He doesn’t have to have been perfect for you to tell him “thank you” for what he has done for you. And, if it’s been a real tough relationship, maybe this year you can take the first step in honoring your dad by just asking God to forgive you for the bitterness and to help you be released from those memories and to move forward. Remember, God did not suggest we honor our parents but he commanded it! That doesn’t mean condoning or pretending some of the bad things never happened but rather it means letting God be the One who judges and takes care of the issues between Him and your earthly dad. It will free your soul.
Tell us in the comments how you’ve honored your dad. Share how you’ve overcome some of the father wound blitzes to be at peace despite difficult circumstances with your father. Or, share how your dad left a powerfully positive legacy for you.
From all of us here at FACING YOUR BLITZ, a very happy Father’s Day to every father who is doing the best he can to intentionally lead his family.