With Sunday being Father’s Day I thought about something each of us could give those in our lives who are either our fathers, have been like a father to us, or are the father of our children.
P.E.A.R.L.S. for dad. That’s it. And the best part is they won’t cost us a thing.
Pray. We know how effective prayer is. Mountains are moved. Burdens are lifted. Peace is restored. The dads in our lives need prayer on a daily basis, just like everyone else. Let’s commit to praying for them.
Encourage. We all need encouragement when the going gets tough. And even when it’s smooth sailing. We need reassurance what we do is important. That we matter. That someone’s in our corner cheering us on. Let’s commit to encouraging.
Appreciate. This is a biggie. Everyone likes to know someone appreciates the effort they put into what they do. How difficult is it to tell someone you appreciate them? It isn’t difficult at all. Just do it. Say thank you.
Respect. No rolling our eyes. No muttering under our breath. No snide remarks. Respect. That’s what I’m talking about. Yes. Aretha Franklin’s song is humming through my brain. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take care, TCB. Show them respect.
Love. Okay. There are a lot of songs running through my brain on this one, but how about we go with a song from my church camp days. Love, love, love, love. The gospel in a word is love. Love thy neighbor as thy brother. Love, love, love. When was the last time we said, “I love you” and really meant it? Or better yet, let’s show our love by doing something we know dad would like without being asked.
Support. It may appear our big strong dads don’t need our support, but I believe that would be a false assumption. They’ve started a DIY project … support their effort, help if you can. If you can’t be an active participant in something they are interested in, at the very least support them in it. Are they facing a tough place? Stand by them.
Although these P.E.A.R.L.S. today are directed to dads on Father’s Day, if you think about it, they apply to each and every one of us. Dad. Or not.
What pearls would you add to the string?
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Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you. Exodus 20:12 (AMP)
I wish you well.
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