The power of a father’s blessing

Every son wants a blessing from his dad. Even adult sons seek affirmation from their fathers. The silent question, “Dad, do you love me?” is written on the heart of each son.

This Father’s Day, when your children give their dad a card, it’s the perfect opportunity for Dad to give his children the gift that can change their lives forever – a blessing.

Today’s child is screaming for worth. Children have been taught by our society that they are only valued by their performance. The culture says, “You will be valuable one day when you become the best at doing or performing somehow.”

The Bible, however, proclaims that we are each uniquely and awesomely made (Psalms 139:14).

We are valuable individuals, and we are made with unique gifts – creative gifts from God. Unfortunately, children don’t know that. When children are not taught that they are awesome and unique, they grow up to be adults who don’t know they are individually valuable. When I am not taught that I am loved for my uniqueness, I hunt for my worth by conforming to the pattern and values of this world (Romans 12:2).

 

If a child grows up without being affirmed by his parents, a unique individual is lost. Dad’s can affirm each child this Father’s Day by reading them a letter at the dinner table. Then give each child his or her letter after it is read.

 

The letter to a child can start as easily as:

Dear Billy,

This Father’s Day I want to take a moment to tell you that I love you more than you can ever imagine. I love the way you laugh so easily. The laughter God has placed in your heart brings joy to our whole family

Bob Barnes :