The Importance of Fathers in Families

 

Brian Holloway is a Stanford All-American and five-time NFL All-Pro. He excelled as the team captain of the 1985 New England Patriots AFC Championship Team. In 1986, at age 26, Holloway was one of the principal architects of the NFL's growth strategy that produced a landmark $18 billion TV contract in 1998. Look for his distinguished football accomplishments to be recorded in the Pro Football's Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame coach and NFL dynasty-crafter Bill Walsh calls Brian "A true champion. A playmaker and a leader that calls out the best in people." He is also the father of 10 children, grandfather of 7, and my personal best friend.

 

The Importance of Fathers in Families

There is an alarming issue in the world today: so many people are dismissing the role of fathers as unimportant. The proof of this is seen in terms like “baby-daddy”; it has lessened the father’s role to simply being part of bringing a child into the world. Following the birth of the child, all roles and responsibility are discarded. Its concerning that it’s such a big part of so many communities and also that it’s being treated as normal.

God has given fathers a special role in the life of their children and their family.

Children who lack a present father in their life don’t have the same sense of fortitude, emotional strength, character, and decision-making skills as children with present fathers. Many have tried to make this seem like it’s not a big deal when it is a huge deal.

There are all sorts of blessings that come from a father to their children just by their father being present. There are very important things being formulated in the child through a father’s presence, voice, and touch.

With access to the internet, children have the opportunity to find other “fathers” online when they don’t have one at home. As a result of this, they will start formulating ideas about themselves and plans based on who someone else is telling them they are. This will inevitably lead to frustration in the future.

Unfortunately, the road this will lead our children on will not only frustrate them, but will drop them off in the “land of blame” where they blame everyone and everything for their own poor choices, which we know ultimately started because they lacked a present father in their story.

Sadly, the “land of blame” is not the end of the road. These same children, if not set free from this cycle of thinking and living, will move into a place of powerlessness where there is little or no hope of change because the root of bitterness has grown so deep.


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Published on February 6, 2018.

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