You know we love Mother’s Day around NABC but we really love Father’s Day. On Father’s Day we don’t give out “flowers” but Lowes gift cards! Hoorah! No dainty flowers for these Fathers, just men’s stuff!
The Scriptures have much to say about fathers and their responsibilities to their wives, and to the children and to the community in which they live. Today we want to take a look at the Father’s responsibility to their children.
One of the greatest songs of the ‘70’s was “Cat’s in the Cradle.” These are Harry Chapin’s lyrics for this song.
Cat's in the Cradle
My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talking 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you, dad"
"You know I'm gonna be like you"
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
"When you coming home, dad?"
"I don't know when"
But we'll get together then
You know we'll have a good time then
My son turned ten just the other day
He said, thanks for the ball, dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me to throw, I said, not today
I got a lot to do, he said, that's okay
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed
It said, I'm gonna be like him, yeah
There are several themes in this song; one is when a father is too busy to pay attention to his children, then one day when he needs to have them around or just wants a relationship with them, they don’t have time for him. The other theme is that our children sometimes and many times turn out just like us.
Does that teach us anything? It does; it says to us that our children are watching what we do and how we respond to the world around us, our work ethic, the way we treat people, particularly the family and specifically in this case, the children or the son.
"The Western world stands at a great crossroads in its history. It is my opinion that our very survival as a people will depend upon the presence or absence of masculine leadership in
millions of homes...I believe, with everything within me, that husbands hold the keys to the preservation of the family."—Dr. James Dobson