Sunday, June 21, 2015

Encouragement Challenge #25: Honoring Fathers

Happy Father's Day!

Mother's Day came first. Then, Fathers could not be left out, so Father's Day was later added to the list of official holidays. It was President Richard Nixon who signed a proclamation in 1972 to recognize the 3rd Sunday in June as a day to honor fathers. For a more elaborate history of Father's Day, go here: The History of Father's Day

Some of this is a repeat from my Mother's Day post, but consider using one of these ideas to think about and honor your father this week. (NOTE:  If your father is deceased, several of these ideas can still be done in honor of him.)

1.  Consider planting a tree in his backyard (or in your own backyard if he is deceased). You could even make a minimum $10.00 donation to THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION in your father's honor. Each dollar donated will plant one tree in one of our nation's forests, so $10.00 will plant 10 trees.

2.  Instead of buying expensive gifts, just spend time with him. Play a game, watch a movie, go for a walk, or just sit and talk. If you live too far away, be sure to at least call him and talk to him on the phone for awhile. He just wants to know you care about him.  

3. Write a thank-you note to your dad for the roll he has played in your life.

4.  Ask your father what he wants you to pray about for him, then pray for him daily this week (or longer if you like). 

5.  Make a donation in your dad's name to his favorite charity or religious organization.

6.  Name a star after him at STAR-REGISTRATION.

7.  Tell him you love him.

8.  Watch THIS EPISODE from The Donna Reed Show in 1962 (Season 5, Episode 6), titled "My Dad." Here are the words to the song in this episode, sung by Paul Peterson...

My Dad
Written by:  Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

He isn't much in the eyes of the world,
He'll never make history.
No...He isn't much in the eyes of the world,
But he is the world to me... 

My Dad,
Now here is a man.
To me he is everything strong,
No he can't do wrong,
My Dad.

My Dad,
Now he understands
When I bring him troubles to share,
Oh he's always there,
My Dad.

When I was small
I felt ten feet tall,
When I walked by his side.
And, everyone
Would say, "That's his son."
And my heart would burst with pride!

My Dad,
Oh I love him so.
And, I only hope that someday,
My own son will say,
"My Dad. Now Here is a man."

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