PDT Staff Writer
Tomorrow we celebrate Father’s Day, a day in which we celebrate our fathers, and father figures. I want to say to my husband, Mark Williams, the father of our three children, happy Father’s Day my love. To my own father, the man that I call, “daddy,” George Reaves, happy Father’s Day, and I thank God for you. Fatherhood is an extremely important role within the structure of the family. I had the pleasure of listening to my husband, who is an ordained minister, preach a message at church last Sunday which was centered around encouragement. His message inspired me to focus on encouragement. Henceforth, I want to encourage every man that is reading my column today, because I sincerely believe that among a host of other different reasons, some men are not effective fathers because they lack encouragement. Contrary to popular belief, the most important role in the family is that of the father, and not the mother. The Bible provides a blueprint for the family structure, which positions the father, or man if you will, as the head of the family. With that being said, I can just hear the rebuttals from many ladies, but nonetheless, the Bible is very clear in it’s description that the man is the head of the wife. So in essence, the heart of the matter is that not only are you important, but you fathers, are the life, and heartbeat of the family. When you exude strength, when you understand that in God’s eyes you are strong, you are loved, you are the head, then your family from your wife to your children draw from the strength that you exude. This in turn creates an atmosphere of hope, happiness, wholeness with the home, and in the lives of each family member. Strong fathers, strong families. Therefore, to say that you “count,” would be an understatement. It does not matter about your past, it does not matter how you began. My male friends, and embrace your present, and determine in your heart that you will finish strong. Perhaps you are reading this article, and you area already in a good position, you operate effectively, you do what God expects of you as a father. I say to you wonderful, and remember to stay humble, and then reach out and impact the life of other men, who may be struggling in their role as a father. Just know that God is well able to provide you with the tools to continue to improve as a father, and as a man. Lift up your heads dads. Your wife needs you. Your children need you. You are loved, and in Christ Jesus, you are strong, and your are blessed! Happy Father’s Day to every father out there.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286.