One of the drivers on our show asked me why I stay until the end of shooting every night; it’s unusual for an executive producer to do that, in his experience. I told him, “My father always said, ‘Don’t ask the people who work for you to do anything you’re not willing to do.’” He nodded and replied, “Good man.”
I was touched by his reaction. My father was indeed a good man: At home, at church, and in his career, he strove to do the right thing in all circumstances, and to teach those around him to do the same. Even though he’s been in glory for eight years now, I daily look to his example for guidance and inspiration. “My father always said…” is a phrase I utter with regularity.
Perhaps “My Father always says…” is a phrase I need to speak even more often. My dad built his life on the Word of our Heavenly Father, and taught my brother and me to do likewise. My husband, raised the same way, has done the same for our children. A father rooted in the Word gives his children the incomparable gift of faith in action; his children see in his actions and hear in his words his dedication to the Lord. They see the Lord through him, and learn to follow the example of their earthly father as he follows their Heavenly Father. In a world so wracked by uncertainty and darkness, what greater gift can a father give his child?
On this Father’s Day, let us give thanks for the fathers who gladly take on the sacred task of raising children who will walk in God’s light and live by His Word. Let us support them with our prayers and our love, and reach out to them with congratulations and encouragement. May the Lord bless them and strengthen them, and raise up a mighty people through them.
“Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work. Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.”