Greg Laurie Speaks to Fathers

The traditional family in America is under attack. As a matter of fact, the number of single parent homes is unbelievable. The way to get America back on the track toward God seems so simple to me. Our country needs to go back to the ideals of the 1940’s and 1940’s when the family consisted of children a mother AND a father. The father plays a key role in the healthy upbringing of a child. Fathers today are many times considered irrelevant, but statistics show that a father’s infulence can mean the difference between a college graduate and a prison inmate. It is important that we dont downplay the impact that fathers have on their children, because in doing so, we downplay the impact that our Heavenly Father has on us, His children.

Fathers are the unsung heroes of our country today.

Greater than any athlete, rock star or celebrity.

More influential than any politician.

We don’t give enough credit to fathers these days.

Mark Twain wrote, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years!”

I’m reminded of a clipping from a Dutch magazine I read a number of years ago.

At 4 years old, the child says, “My daddy can do anything.”
At 7 years old, he says, “My daddy knows a whole lot.”

At 8 years, “Dad doesn’t know quite everything.”

At 12 years, “Oh, well, naturally my dad doesn’t know that, either.”

At 14 years, “Dad is hopelessly old-fashioned.”

At 21 years, “He is so out-of-date!”

At 25 years, “He knows a little bit about it, but not too much.”

At 30 years, “I need to find out what Dad thinks about it.”

At 35 years, “Before we decide, we need to get Dad’s idea first.”

At 50 years, “What would Dad have thought about that?”

At 60 years, “My dad knew literally everything.”

At 65 years, “I wish I could talk it over with Dad one more time.”

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