Richard Mark Lee

Reframing the Modern Family- Father’s Day

The story of the Prodigal Son is one that has been retold and recounted for centuries.  It’s central theme of a wayward and broken son returning home to the father’s outreached hands and an older son resentful of his father’s grace has found its way into plays, songs and even movies.

As we examine the story of the Prodigal Son, the Father’s response and the interaction between the Father and the older brother, we can arrive at five commitments that will help guide us on Father’s Day:

#1.   Commit to being present

Even though the younger son leaves to pursue his own fame and fortune, the father in this story remains present with his family.  We see this characteristic in our Heavenly Father through the name Jehovah Shammah which means “The Lord is here.”

Regardless of whether your earthly father was a significant part of your life or absent, you can rest in knowing that your Heavenly Father is and always will be present in your life.

#2.  Commit to investing in your children

No success in the world makes up for failure at home.  We have to be committed to investing in our children not just materialistically but also emotionally, spiritually and relationally as well.

#3.  Commit to loving your children’s mother

If you are married, recognize that your commitment to your wife is the most important earthly relationship you have—more important even than parenting.  If you are divorced, commit to speaking well of your children’s mother.

#4.  Commit to blessing your children

When the culture allowed him to disown his son, the father in Luke 15 chose to extend forgiveness and blessing instead.  Not only did the father open his hand in releasing his son to succeed but opened his arms to embrace him in failure as well.

#5.  Commit to asking the Heavenly Father for help

No home is perfect and no relationship is without pain and opportunity for growth.  We have to surrender our ego and our pride and ask God for guidance as we guide the children He has entrusted to our care.  As fathers, we have the opportunity and responsibility to model for our children what it means to depend on God daily and to seek and extend forgiveness regularly.