Title: That’s My Dad!
Artwork by: Paulina Sangar (@caramel_art) X YMI
Description: Fathers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are loud and funny, while others are sporty and adventurous. Your father might embarrass you at the supermarket, or he could be someone who makes you proud . . . Regardless of what kind of father you have, what’s most comforting is to know that we all have a perfect Heavenly Father who lavishes His love on us and calls each of us His child (1 John 3:1).
As you take time to honor and celebrate your Dad this Father’s Day, let’s also remember what a privilege it is to be called a child of God, and thank Him for that.
He is incredibly proud of his dad jokes. A day is never dull with your dad, and some of his jokes are so cheesy, you wish he would keep them to himself. But alas, he loves socialising so you can guarantee he will be telling his dad jokes to your friends when they come around your house. Your friends think he is a riot, and you secretly love his jokes (you will never admit this to him though). But these dads aren’t just for fun jokes, when you are down in the dumps, you turn to them for a comforting hug, or a word of advice that will have you smiling in no time.
Your adventurous dad made you sign up for cub scouts the moment you started school. In fact, he has also set eyes on the local football club you could be part of. A fan of sports and the great outdoors, your dad can be found attending outdoor games, or could be found fishing, hiking or camping. Your weekends with him are spent discovering new trails to hike, or revisiting your favourite ones. He might be rough and rugged, but under it all is a big softie, and you appreciate the bear hugs he dishes out when life gets a little gnarly.
You think you know your food, but your dad trumps you in this department. While you may be filling your Instagram with your latest food, your dad is flooding WhatsApp group chats with pictures of his favourite breakfast, or the delicious noodles he discovered at a new restaurant. He loves long-distance driving – not to the great outdoors, but to try the food at that newly opened cafe. If he isn’t critiquing food, he is creating his own in the kitchen with you as his guinea pig. Fortunately he is not just about food though, and when life gets a little uncertain from time to time, you appreciate his little food for thought anecdotes about life to get you through the rocky road that is life.
Maybe your dad has disappointed you in the past, or you never really had a dad you could be proud of, or your dad has passed on. But there is a perfect Father in heaven who lavishes His love on you, and calls you His child (1 John 3:1). His love for you outrivals any love your earthly father can give. Let us turn to God today and bask in the everlasting and unconditional love He has for us.