I heard it say that faith is spelled R-I-S-K. When I first heard someone share this concept, he did so from a spiritual context that made complete sense. He went on to make the point that every time we sit in a chair, we risk it not holding our weight, and yet, we have the faith that it will and it does. I don’t know if you can relate, but through times of hardship and great risk I have spelled faith:
F-A-T-H-E-R and here is the correlation.
Most often than not, a father is a risk taker. He not only takes risks for himself but also encourages risk-taking with his children. You can travel the world over and see a similar pattern: while the mother raises children in preparation to live within a family unit, it is the father who prepares them for the real world. That takes risk—that takes great faith in my eyes!
Even so, I find it compelling to make the very clear distinction between a man and an inborn or innate father, as just about every man can procreate children, but only an inborn father has the courage and the wherewithal to raise, support, and guide them (to and through adulthood) no matter the cost.
Contrary to society’s views and voices, fathers are just as influential as mothers in the home. Essentially, a father is the backbone that supports the brain within the family unit. (kidding!) Actually, I have observed this interchangeably within a gazillion families, especially in the U.S., because fundamentally one can only function optimally while supporting the other.
In his book, Life Without Father, David Popenoe offers apposite concluding remarks on the topic of What Fathers Do:
Fathers are far more than just “second adults” in the home. Involved fathers—especially biological fathers—bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring. They provide protection and economic support and male role models. They have a parenting style that is significantly different from that of mothers, and the difference is important in healthy child development. According to the evidence, fathers make important contributions to their children’s intellectual competence, prosocial and compassionate behavior, and psychological well-being. Children raised by involved fathers grow up to become adults who are more respectful of women and more willing to share with women broad social power and authority. (Popenoe 163)
I know this to be true for many reasons; primarily as a daughter whose Dad passed away when she was but a teenager. What he brought to the table was significant enough, that our table was never set the same in his absence (physically and metaphorically, if you know what I mean).
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but
whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (father of four)
I often chuckle at my papa’s aspirations for us; for me, he said I would grow up to be an ambassador or a diplomat. Oh dear, with that faith and his support in my life, I would have moved mountains, or at the very least, I could have persuaded others toward world peace! And yet, I have come to realize that in spite of the shoulda, coulda, wouldas, I still have my father’s eyes. 😉
So from an untainted or grace-filled paradigm, fathers should be spotlighted and that’s exactly what we aim to do. After all, they are a breed like no other. Very much like the chair we talked about that supports us to be creative, productive, to learn, to feed, to be entertained, to be financially kick-started, or to simply pedal around the neighborhood and life itself.
We know that as providers and protectors fathers are second to none!
Now, before you turn your guns on me, ladies, I see them! I see your strength and valor. I see your blood, sweat, AND tears. Kudos to you who have pulled double duty!! I can certainly relate to that. Now here’s full transparency and disclosure! Every year on Father’s Day, my son calls his father and then calls me to wish me a Happy Father’s Day! He always makes me cry (tears of joy and great gratitude).
Thank you, ladies, for sacrificing so much having had so little resources and support but still raising strong, productive, upstanding men and women. And for that we pay tribute to you here and here too!
Well then, beyond ultra-super-mega strong, our fathers are fun, authentic, tenacious, heroic, encouraging, respectful and savvy! We commemorate the fantastic dads we miss dearly, and join you in pampering those still with us.
Here are 10 practical ideas sure to make dad jump for joy.
- They say that wood brings class to a man’s wardrobe. Check out this customized wood watch!
- Protect your furniture with these coasters that are sure to be a hit with musicians and music lovers alike!
- A message from his favorite athlete, musician, or star, will virtually bring a smile and warm his heart. So splurge on him, will ya!
- No more pain-in-the-neck complaints with this cordless neck/back massager!
- Here’s a gift for him to share with you! 😋
- Since variety is the spice of life, gift dad a sampler set of hot sauces.
- If your father spends a lot of time in front of the screen, help him focus with Felix!
- Give your dad a gift that helps to organize his everyday gadgets.
- A man can’t have too many shirts! Get him a personalized shirt that shows how fun or funny he is.
- Last but not least, because he’s a groovy guy that’s also a grill master, how about a barbecue set with a personalized wood case? I’m getting one for each of my son-in-laws (shhhh)!!
We at Team National are truly fortunate to have fathers and father figures in the corporate office and the field. Many of whom are not just exemplary in leading their homes and families, but also bring those qualities and characteristics here daily. We want to honor them by publicly saying, thank you!
If you’re a TN member, don’t forget to log in and check out the Marketplace for rebates, and use TN InstaEarn for cash back on dad’s special day!
Remember that wood case I told you about and the hot sauce sampler? I’m also loving the TravelQ grills with a locking lid and foldaway legs.
OK guys, it’s your turn to sit this one out. Whether you chill or grill, enjoy your special day. I know it’s going to be sensational!
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
~ Billy Graham (father of five)
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