On the occasion of Father’s Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary life of Joseph of Galilee. He did the right thing. He didn’t allow his concern for naysayers to cloud his judgement. He knew what the right thing to do was, and he did it without hesitation, trusting that his Lord would provide him with the guidance and fortitude he would need as a husband and father figure.
How do the struggles we face in our lives relate to the lives of Mary and Joseph? It may seem that life was simpler then, but they faced one challenge after another. As fathers, we must strive to provide this type of leadership for our families – making choices in our daily lives that will bring us and our families closer to God.
Young people today face so many challenges as they develop into adults – spheres of influence that impact their academic achievement, developing a sense of character and positive self-image, and embracing their faith. A father has a special opportunity to provide a consistent positive influence. At times, it is through example and, other times, through in-depth discussions.
Keep the door open. Make yourself available. Your opportunities to be the strongest influence in your child’s life may not happen every day, but when they do occur, it is important to be ready. This unique role begins when you can hold your new infant in your hands, but it never really ends. Use your opportunity to make a difference as other fathers of faith have shown us.
As mothers, wives, daughters and sisters, we have a unique opportunity on this occasion to express our appreciation and support for the outstanding leaders in our lives – the men who have given us strength and guidance throughout this year and our lives together.
Take a moment this Father’s Day to let the fathers in your life know that you stand behind them, that you value their commitment to the family and to the faith.