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Havannah Foster
June 8, 2024
Undeniably Irreplaceable

“The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but the latter gives his life.”

Craig D. Lounsbrough

 

For all twenty-two years of my life, I have had a constant loving father present, and I cannot imagine my life without him. But I know that sadly, in our culture, it has become common for children to be raised in a single-parent home, usually without a father or father figure. This Father’s Day I want to highlight in a small way how the role and authority of a father is undeniably irreplaceable in any home. 

Our culture is saturated with fatherless homes. One source states that “Across America, 2022 data indicated there are approximately 18.3 million children who live without a father in the home, comprising about 1 in 4 US children. About 80% of single-parent homes are led by single mothers. (Brewer, Issue Brief: Fatherlessness and its Effects on American Society)

Culture says you can make it fine without a father which leaves homes to manage under far less-than-ideal circumstances, but culture cannot redefine what God has ordained. Men are to be the family unit's leaders, providers, and protectors.  This fact is undeniable and the effects of a father, good or bad, carry down through generations. Without the presence of a father, the very brain development of a child can be altered or stunted. 

From birth, fathers play a vital role in the brain development of children. Their interactions and engagement with infants help aid in cognitive and language development. “Fathers’ unique interactions and experiences can stimulate intellectual growth, foster learning skills and contribute to healthy brain development.” (Dads Matter: The Impact of Fathers on Children’s Lives) Fathers also support emotional development by creating a safe, stable environment that leads to higher confidence levels in children and encouraging their kids to take healthy risks to grow and develop.

A father’s role in the lives of his children is irreplaceable and praiseworthy. Fatherhood Foundations strives to teach and encourage men in their roles as fathers and to help them be strong leaders and authorities for their families. They lay a firm biblical foundation for manhood and godly leadership and surround these men with a community of support and love as they learn and grow. 

As a daughter, sister, and soon-to-be wife, I am in awe of the responsibility and role that God gave to men and the impact they have on their children. I am forever thankful for my father and everything he has done to teach and train me. I hope this Father’s Day we can overwhelm our fathers with love and so much appreciation for who they are and the role they carry. No matter how much our society tries to replace the role of a father and function without him, nothing can fill that gap. The place of the father is undeniably irreplaceable. 

 

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”  Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” 

Ephesians 6:1-4

 

 

Thank you for all your prayers and support; we could not do this work without you!

 

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