There is an epidemic of fatherlessness. I want to write about this today and specifically talk to men.
I live in a city where there are many young boys adrift. Perhaps you see this where you live, too? These boys live in single-parent homes with no father in sight. After school, boys wander aimlessly. They have no direction and many times get into trouble. Sometimes they join gangs for a sense of belonging and to receive the attention of older males. Their examples of manhood are men on the street who womanize, do (or sell) drugs, and many of whom never had a strong father figure themselves. The girls without fathers often look for love in men who only want to use them. The cycle of fatherlessness continues.
Men: you were made to image the love of God the Father! This is a tremendous responsibility and opportunities abound. Society is headed in a bad direction. I believe that much of it has to do with the way men treat women, and, consequently, their children. Even if you don’t have a biological or adopted child–you have so many opportunities to step up and image the Father’s love. Whether through tutoring, volunteering with the youth ministry at church, becoming a Big Brother or a sports coach–there are countless opportunities!
Living in the city, one often catches glimpses of others living their lives. You can see pain, but, sometimes, you glimpse beauty. I watched one day as a young man took the time to play football with some boys on a small patch of grass. The boy’s faces shone. It was a stark contrast to the boys who wander around seemingly deflated and without hope. I don’t know if this guy was their father or another male figure. But it was clear that these boys found much joy and soaked up the attention. Whoever he is, the point is that he was investing time into these young boys who will one day grow into young men. He was being a positive example.
On this Father’s Day, I give thanks for our Heavenly Father, who is perfect. I also give thanks for my earthly father who has so many times modeled the generosity and goodness of the Heavenly Father! I hope that you, too, know the great goodness of our Heavenly Father, and also have men in your life who have imaged true fatherhood. Men: don’t forget your responsibility. If you aren’t sure what it means to be a dad in whatever state of life you are in, get to know the heart of our Heavenly Father! He will show you the way.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”~James 1:17