What is your papa like? Is he perfect? Mine isn’t and I love him for it. Honesty is what I admire most about him and I love and respect him.
Today, allow me to honor my earthly father whom I am so blessed to have and so grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me.
1. I honor my papa for being authentic. Papa never pretends when he is disappointed. We know when he is displeased and he never attempts to conceal it. I appreciate how he manages his disappointment. I have never seen him lash out.
2. I honor my papa for being hardworking. He is a self-made man. Now he is a man who acknowledges that it is God who made him, makes him and sustains him.
3. I honor my papa for knowing all eight of us children and for loving us uniquely and equally. He knows how to approach us and speak to us in a way that he will get through.
He knows when to open his mouth and when to withhold so as not to hurt us. He knows how we will learn and listen best. His silence speaks volumes of love to me when I know I am wrong. When I am hurt, he chooses to not rebuke me and instead comfort me.
4. I honor my papa for never using his authority as our father to coerce us to obedience. He earned our respect by also respecting us—giving us the freewill to choose, correcting us and reminding us of our blind spots along the way and disciplining us (not physically though) when the need arises.
5. I honor my papa for being a responsible and loving family man; he treasures his family. Long before he even had any of us, he already took full responsibility as the father of his own siblings. Our paternal grandfather abandoned them and he was left with no choice but to be the provider.
6. I honor my papa for his integrity. Papa keeps his word. And when he cannot deliver, he says so. He does not cover up nor blame others. He does his best yet he is also humble enough to admit when he cannot.
7. I honor my papa for being a good listener. He knows when he needs to just listen and he knows when to interrupt to say his piece.
8. I honor my papa for his humility to surrender his life to Jesus. One of the bravest things a man can do is to admit that there is something he cannot do—and my Papa has demonstrated that because he knows he cannot save himself, nor his family. Because only God can. My Papa was once a man of this world. He was once how the society defined Fathers to be—always working, rarely home, barely spending time with his children. My Papa takes his role as provider very seriously. We used to only see him for dinner and spend longer hours if it’s our birthday or graduation. But now that my Papa is renewed, he is an even better father because he makes time to spend time.
9. I honor my papa because he is a fighter and a victor. Because my Papa is very hardworking, it was inevitable that he not only abused his body physically but also engaged in worldly pleasures that consequently took its toll in his health.
As a result of his lifestyle choices, he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. So for four years, Papa had to undergo kidney dialysis treatment three to five times a week. This of course was not only physically but also financially taxing. Inevitably our family experienced crisis. But Papa was a fighter. And God was at work. The weaker he grew physically, the stronger and more powerfully the Lord worked in his life until finally Papa decided to surrender his all to Jesus.
It was during this time of crisis that Christ made a debut in his life and Papa heard God’s call. Truly when one is weak that’s when one is strong in Him (2 Cor 12:9-11) because God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. I admire my Papa for his humble admission that apart from God’s Grace there is nothing he can do. I praise God for always purposing everything to work out for our own good (Romans 8:28)—the suffering is always worth the victory that lies ahead.
10. I honor papa for making up for time lost. Since my Papa became a believer of Jesus and received a new kidney four years ago, he is now very intentional to spend quality time with his children and grandchildren. Truly there is no relationship the Lord cannot heal and restore. Our true hope for restoration is in The Lord!
Some may not have known a [good]father in their lives. But do not despair, we have a Heavenly Father who loves you and knows everything about you (Psalm 139:1), even before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5) and who fearfully and wonderfully made you (Psalm 139:14).
He is a Father who desires to lavish His love on you simply because you are His child (1 John 3:1). He is your perfect Father (Matthew 5:48) who loves you with an ever-lasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), your provider who meets all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33) and more. Do you want to get to know Your Father? Read more about him on.fathersloveletter.com and be reassured in the love that He has for you.
I commend the Fathers for taking responsibility of raising a family. Not everyone can be a father!
Thank you Papa God in Heaven for giving me the papa that I have. I love you Papa!