5 Ideas for Faith-Filled Father’s Day Activities
Have you ever felt a bit startled when someone asked you, “How are you planning to spend Father’s Day?” This holiday, which has been celebrated in the U.S. since 1910, aims to focus on a very important male figure that is often taken for granted.
I remember a particular Father’s Day church service where the fathers were given a mini-screwdriver as a reminder of who they really were—troubleshooters! While many fathers do assume this role, they are so much more than troubleshooters. Taking time to honor our fathers really does take genuine effort and thoughtfulness on the part of every family member.
Here are some ideas for some faith-filled Father’s Day activities:
1. Make a Card
To begin with, make your father particularly happy by thanking him for what he is to you. Simple words of encouragement written on a card for being a faithful provider, spiritual role model, or for always being there for you can be more touching than you realize. Take any piece of paper, fold it in half, and start writing! You can decorate the front of the card with drawings, stickers, or glitter – but write something kind on the inside.
Loving fathers have a God-given desire that compels them to wake up every day (punctually), to ensure that the needs of their loved ones are met. Though some dads might be emotionally restrained, they would love to hear a word of sincere gratitude. “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
2. Bible Verse Inscription
For those sons or daughters who are particularly savvy in the realm of arts or woodcraft, draw a portrait of a biblical passage or engrave a memorable verse to encourage your father with the Word of God. What is your father’s favorite Bible story? What is his favorite Scripture verse? These would be great questions for him. Giving a thoughtful present will evoke any father’s heart to bless his children and the work of their hands.
3. Write a Poem
When God expressed His love and sentiments, He frequently used the language of poetry or proverbial rhetoric. Jesus often taught his disciples through parables. Create a cordial poem (at least three/four stanzas) that would express affectionate appreciation of your father’s selflessness. Great poems are filled with vivid imageries and metaphors, so be creative and direct the strings of your heart towards poetic expression.
4. Quality Time
Considering that we live in a frantic era of micro-byte “quality time,” many relationships are left immobile. Though words and letters do count, nothing surpasses a meaningful and dedicated hour (or two) with the one you love. Our fathers have “cast their bread” into our waters (cf. Ecc. 11:1) for many years and they would gratefully enjoy some of that “bread” returned to them in the form of a thoughtful conversation.
5. Pray Together
All being said and done, there’s one more nugget that needs to be “digested” — pray with your father. For many of us this might seems an insurmountable task to accomplish, but, speaking from experience, there’s nothing more satisfying, splendid, and gratifying to a father’s heart than to hear his son or daughter giving thanks to God Almighty for honoring them with an earthly father.
Planning faith-filled Father’s Day activities might not be a thoughtless, easy task. However, it is worth it to encourage the man that God has put in your life in such an important role. Ephesians 6:1-2, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise.” May the Lord ignite the sentiments and affections of your heart to make this upcoming Father’s Day truly memorable, and may you also be blessed by honoring your father.
Wishing you a joy-filled Father’s Day,