Fathers have such a great impact on us as children of both genders, and this impact affects even our later life; as well as attributes in and towards marriage, family and career. It also affects our confidence and expectation from life – some believe they have to be hustlers, others have hope of a good life because it was modeled to them, others exhibit the roughness they experienced, etc.
And for girls, they can become ever so strong and confident and go for their dreams with zeal, passion and belief; or on the contrary see men as enemies and avoid them at all costs (having no healthy relationships with them), or sell themselves far too short for not having known their true worth and value from a proper and loving male perspective (read father/dad.)
We should be grateful when we have a fatherly model in our lives, for we know not the magnitude of the blessing they are and give us in our lives – until it’s either gone (sad, God forbid) or until we see the wonders of its power at work in our lives.
I don’t want to say that this ‘Father Thing’ is overrated, because it’s not – I don’t believe it is. We are all unique and different and have different approaches and responses to life, so no-one’s being judged here.
But for what it’s worth, thank God for the Fathers in your life, appreciate them, and if God nudges your heart to do so, father/be a father figure to someone/some people in your life. It matters a lot, it does!
Happy Fathers’ Day! (Albeit belated).