Father’s Day comes and goes each and every year. We get dad a goofy tie, a shirt to go with it, or a gift card from Lowe’s and say: “We’ve honored dad!” Have you ever found yourself running around the Saturday before Father’s Day wondering what to get the man who has everything he needs or when in need just goes out and buys for himself? Isn’t it funny? Ironically, we are all probably a little guilty of that to a degree!
Now, I must admit that I’m not one to go overboard or spend a lot of money on Father’s Day. Just in case you thought it…yes, I love my dad! Yet, I have sarcastically told my wife that all of these little holidays or special recognition days in each month were created in order to remove the American consumer from their money! Every month has a day to celebrate, except for January and only because Christmas just ended!
Think about it: February has Valentine’s Day. March is reserved for St. Patrick’s Day—even if you aren’t Irish! Traditionally Easter is celebrated in April, but Christ is almost incessantly replaced by the Easter Bunny and those delectable little “Peeps!” May is for moms, Cinco de Mayo, and the start of the “Summer Travel Season.” Of course, June is for dads. July is recognized for the 4th and not necessarily Independence Day, and August is now that famous holiday, “Back to School.” Funny, I don’t remember it to be so joyous when I was in school! In September, we have Labor Day, where you can get a great deal on a car or a mattress. Why is that? October is cordoned off to recognize Halloween, heaven forbid, in order to sell costumes and candy, while November and December are for shoppers only; never mind Thanksgiving or Christmas. We need to make sure all of those retailers make it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or “The Holidays!”
Call me a little bit of a curmudgeon, yes, but how about let’s make these special days what they were meant to be, acknowledgement of someone or something important! All of the attempts to pry consumers from their pocketbooks is really annoying! No, I am not in any way against free enterprise, but enough is enough!
Back to Father’s Day. This year, don’t just go out and buy dad a tie, a tool, or a shirt. Make an effort to do as commanded in the scriptures—honor him. Try something different; make your father something personal and special he will never forget. Surprise him with a visit or take him for a coffee and let him know how much his life has influenced yours. Let dad know his godly legacy left with you is important and lasting. Perhaps this could be the best and most meaningful gift! After all, each of us wants to know our life really mattered.
If you look in Exodus 20, you’ll notice that honoring one’s father and mother is the fifth commandment, but the very first one that deals with human relationships. This tells me it’s pretty important to God, so it should be to us as well! As the Israelites received the Ten Commandments, God gave them instructions on how to live with Him and how to live with each other and this all-important relationship with one’s parents was at the top of the list.
In the New Testament, Paul reiterated the fifth commandment in Ephesians 6, telling us that honoring one’s father or mother is the first commandment with a promise. This means that God seriously takes into account our efforts when we honor mom and dad and rewards us. Perhaps this reward is earthly, maybe it is eternal, but there are great rewards for those who honor mom and dad!
So…on dad’s special day this June, remember the scriptures and the word “honor” and what it means: “respect that is given to someone who is admired” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). As an alternative this Father’s Day, show your dad the love, respect, and admiration you have for him in a different sort of way and say “No” to the tie. Just a thought—Happy Father’s Day!