Father’s Day: Is It about You or Is It about Being a Father?


My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.  Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.”  “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply.  “We’re raising boys.”  — Harmon Killebrew, former Major League Baseball great

I love being a dad. All those corny jokes that made me an outcast in middle school now make me cool (at least for a few more years, anyway). I can get away with bouncing on a jump house without someone thinking I need to get out more. In short, I can be a kid with my kids and it’s socially acceptable.

With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, my wife and I have had a few conversations about what this day is all about. “What do you want to do?” she asked. The question I’ve tried to answer is: “What can I do with my kids that they will enjoy?”

Unfortunately, I know plenty of men who use the day to take a mulligan on being a dad and go play golf or do some other preferred hobby that doesn’t involve their children. But should we view the day as one where we get pampered or where we fully engage with our kids and celebrate in the precious privilege of being a father?

There are times when men need some man time away from everyone else, but Father’s Day isn’t that day. Father’s Day is a day when we soak in the joy of being a dad and, as we unwrap useless trinkets carefully crafted by little hands, we remember why it’s one of the most important jobs a man has in his lifetime.

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. – Luke 6:36 (NIV)

When  you consider your Father’s Day plans this year, make sure your children are in the center of them, that you aren’t wasting a lazy Sunday afternoon by following golf on TV while you nap. Make it a day that your kids remember each year because of how special you treat them. Pursue the heart of the ultimate Father.

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