Continued from here.
The final point I’d like to focus on from Thomas’ article is this:
I do want to encourage the men who feel taken for granted and who often get lumped in with those who deserve censure: God sees your service and your sacrifice…For the good (not perfect) guys: thanks for your sacrifice.”
I echo Thomas’ comment. Thank you to all of you good guys – the ones whose sacrifices seemingly go unnoticed. God sees you. He knows what you have done, are doing, and will continue to do. He knows the heavy price your sacrifices have cost you, even if nobody else in your life does.
I honor you this Father’s Day, whether or not you are a father. Fathers are so sorely needed in society. Did you know that the vast majority of people in prison grew up without a father? The one characteristic that the vast majority of inmates have in common is not race, religion (or lack of religion), gender, socio-economic class, or education level. It’s the lack of a meaningful relationship with a father!
Good guys – I know you are out there. I know because you are in my life. I see you. I see the sacrifices you make for the people in your life. I see you carry the weight of judgmental comments because of poor behavior by the bad guys out there. And yet, you continue on. You continue sacrificing, providing, protecting, and encouraging, even when it’s not appreciated. And what’s much more important – God sees it so much more than I or anyone else does. He sees all you do, and what you do matters. We need you – your wives, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, friends, congregations, and neighbors. We all need you. Society needs you.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).
Thank you to all of you good guys. May God bless you this Father’s Day Weekend and always!
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace mowing a lawn with the words, “Happy Father’s Day!” Courtesy Bitmoji.]