(This message was posted to FB on 6/17/12)
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland, U.S. Writer
No two people have had more influence on my life, than my father and my grandfather. Some of my earliest memories are of helping my father work on the farm or hearing my grandfather read the Bible and pray. The faith and diligence of my father and grandfather did more to show me how to live than anything else in my life. They lead the way by their example and today, I thank them and honor them.
As a father of two boys, it is a challenge every day to try to set a good example to my sons; to take the time to “be” a father to them. If you are a father, remember that the best investment of your life is not in the work place or in things at all, but in a life; especially the life of your children.
Every year in America, we pause in June, to honor our Fathers on Father’s Day. Although the idea to establish a “Father’s Day” began around 1908, the true push for establishing a national holiday honoring fathers began during World War II, because it was seen as a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. Finally, in 1972 it was signed into law as an official American holiday.
Today, our nation is at war again, and many parents are going through the difficulty of being separated from their children. This Father’s Day, make sure to take the time to show your appreciation to the father in your life, but also remember to take the time to thank those fathers who are serving away from home, away from their family and loved ones. As you honor your father, grandfather and other fathers in your life, don’t forget to thank a military father as well. If you don’t know an active military father, or the father of a serviceman, try to find one and make sure he knows that you appreciate his or his son’s service and sacrifice in order to keep our nation free.