Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”

Dadda….that’s one of the first words that a baby says when they’re still toddlers.  It’s easier to pronounce the consonant “d” than the consonant “m”.  Kinda frustrating for all of us devoted mothers.  But there are still devoted fathers out there.  Not in the majority; but they are still there.

Well, these thoughts go for those devoted fathers who are awesome enough to not just think about themselves; but to live to see their offspring thrive and become honest citizens of this society.  We need more fathers like them.  Fathers who will dare to take a challenge of being real men by assuming their responsibilities.

It is often believed that a boy becomes a man when he lays with a woman.  But that is not true.  A boy becomes a man when he is unselfish enough to make a difference in the lives of those who surround him; starting with his family and then to his other acquaintances.  A real man is not just smart; a real man seeks wisdom.

Proverbs 1:7  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despite wisdom and discipline.”

A real man is a good servant of God; he loves God with all his heart, mind and soul. A real man is a good son; respecting his parents and honoring them.  A real man is a good husband; considerate, faithful and kind to his wife.  A real man is a good father; by being a good example, a counselor, a guide and a provider.

There is no perfect man in this world; the same way as there is no perfect woman.  Both will make many mistakes until they reach a certain level of maturity and wisdom.  But the effort of reaching that goal has to be seen and it’s not worthless.

I always like that saying that says: “a man is tall when he falls on his knees”.  It’s a beautiful thought.  Humbleness makes a person great.

But why did I mention Psalm 27:10 as the beginning verse?  Well, it is law of life that our parents should leave this earth before us.  Unfortunately, it’s not always like that; but that’s another sad story.  But this thought is for all of us who have lost a parent because of that law of life.

While your dad is still alive; tell him that you love him, hug him, talk with him, give him a call, take him to his favorite restaurant, take him a movie.  If your dad is sick, make sure he has everything he needs to make his illness a less painful experience.  If your dad hasn’t been the best dad: forgive, forget, ask for forgiveness.  Heal your heart with feelings of love, warmth, mercy and grace.

If your dad is gone (like mine); remember him, treasure the good times, share with your kids those experiences that they may enjoy to know and eventually, they will share them with the next generations.  Keep the memories alive and honor them.  Our Father in Heaven will father us in the meantime.  Enjoy your weekend.

Happy Father’s Day!

(Painting was made by my uncle Frank Cruz)  Representing my sick dad being touched by the merciful hand of Jesus.