Today is the day we set aside to honor our sire and our Creator. We all have two fathers, our earthly one and our heavenly one. Our heavenly Father assigns us a purpose, and our earthly one is tasked with guiding us to achieve that purpose.
I don't know if the earthly fathers of today fully understand the importance of their role. With all the absentee sires who simply toss the responsibility of fatherhood aside it seems that the role of male has replaced the role of manhood. It takes little effort be a male, it takes a monumental effort to be a man. This is the sacrifice we celebrate today.
Being a father is walking in the shoes of our heavenly example. Forgiving and understanding when it's warranted, and sometimes even when it's not! Being the disciplinarian as needed, but applied with love, and making the experience a teaching moment. Loving our children through thick and thin, good times and bad. After all, we were blessed with them, we need to lead our blessings to achieve their purpose and honor the gift their heavenly Father bestowed upon them.
For all the achievements and the disappointments, all the special moments and trying times, we who are blessed to be fathers are humbled today because we have such an awesome example of forgiveness and strength to emulate. Thank you Lord for your guidance and example. May the future fathers of this world remember to seek your light to walk them through the journey of fatherhood.