Father’s Day is a day to celebrate our dads, grandpas, and father figures.  Today I would like to challenge fathers to be the best they can be.

This Father's Day, do you accept the challenge?
This Father’s Day, do you accept the challenge?
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The Father’s Day Challenge

This Father’s Day I would like to challenge fathers to be the best they can be for their children. So, I have come up with the Father’s Day Challenge:

Proverbs 20:7 (AMP): “The righteous man who walks in integrity and lives life in accord with his [godly] beliefs—How blessed [happy and spiritually secure] are his children after him [who have his example to follow].”

Fathers, I challenge you to live with integrity.  We know you aren’t perfect, and we don’t expect you to be.  But we do expect you to be a man of integrity; a man who does what he says he will do.  Lead by example.  Do you accept this challenge?

Ephesians 6:4 (AMP): “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to the point of resentment with demands that are trivial or unreasonable or humiliating or abusive; nor by showing favoritism or indifference to any of them], but bring them up [tenderly, with lovingkindness] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Fathers, I challenge you to treat your children with the same respect we should show you.  Practice patience with us.  When we screw up, you can either show us how you fly off the handle, or how you correct with love.  Do you accept this challenge? 

Proverbs 22:6 (AMP): “Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Fathers, I challenge you to show us what we need to know about life.  Show your daughters how men should treat them.  Show your sons how to cherish and respect women.  Show your children how to live a good, godly life.  Teach us how to change a tire, do our taxes, and how to respect the people around us regardless of who they are.  Train us how to be like you, but also, be the person you train us to be.  Do you accept this challenge?

1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (AMP): “For you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you just as a father does [in dealing with] his own children, [guiding you] to live lives [of honor, moral courage, and personal integrity] worthy of the God who [saves you and] calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

Fathers, I challenge you to exhort your children.  Push us to be better people, to work hard, to press on towards our goals.  I challenge you to encourage your children.  Cheer us on, root for us, even if what we’re into isn’t “your thing”.  Make us feel like what we love matters to you and that you care about it too.  Do you accept this challenge?

Fathers, on this Father’s Day, consider this challenge.  Will you try it?  We, your children, are ready for you to do just that.