We have celebrated Fathers’ Day last Sunday in church. In the morning divine worship service, our guest speaker, DS Rev. Dr. Daniel N. Miranda has spoken about the occasion. In the evening, Rev Orlino Veron, our Administrative Pastor, has delivered the message for the fathers. His text is from Luke 15:11-32.
“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found”. – Luke 15:32
If fathering is a chemical mixture, to make a perfect mixture there five elements that fathers need to put together in good balance.
1. Grasp your significance to your family
Try your best to perform your responsibility to your family as a provider and protector.
2. Be present for your children
Love spells T-I-M-E. If we will read Proverbs 15:1-10, it assumes or suggests open dialogue between parent and child. We need to spend time with them so that we can have an opportunity to express our love and concern to them. We can have a chance to know what they need and feel.
3. Teach your children your skills and values by example
Teach your children by example. Do not just tell them what and what not to do. Let your actions speak them.
4. See the good qualities of your children first
Encourage your children by praising their good traits. It does not mean overlooking the bad ones but do not become over critical. Appreciate their good side so you can easily correct any bad trait.
5. A good time to laugh is anytime you can
Share the joys of faith to your children. Laugh with them and enjoy the good things of life with them.
Digested from a sermon by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church, June 19, 2011- Fathers’ Day Sunday
Note: Pastor Orly says he has borrowed the title of his sermon from a book by Rev. Jim Stanford- Five Elements in a Father’s Formula.
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