Fathers love gifts…as long as they’re practical, of course.
One Dad suggested that the family get him a gift that the whole family could get something out of. So they did. They bought Dad a new wallet.
But to decide on what gift is actually practical may depend on the Dad and the gift. One wouldn’t think of buying Dad a coffee mug if he doesn’t drink coffee. Or, a ticket to a ball game if he’d prefer to go the opera. Dads who love the outdoors—hunting, fishing, hiking, and the like—would probably not want puzzles to put together, mystery novels to read, or dominoes to play.
Some Dads enjoy sports; others don’t. Some Dads are attracted to clothes that are hip, fashionable; others only wear duds that are as common as an old shoe (And he probably owns only one pair, at that!). In essence, gifts vary in accordance to a Dad’s interests—or, as a philosoper might say, “To each Dad according to his own preference.”
By the way, speaking of preferences…you’ve heard the old “Not another tie!” lament. But, personally, as a guy who doesn’t mind ties and has a lot of them myself, you wouldn’t hear me complain…too much. (lol)
If one knows not what one’s Dad would really like, all one has to do is go on the Internet and enter words like, “Father’s Day gifts” or “Gifts for Dads.” There you will see oodles of items that you can pick for finding just the right gift for your Dad. Depending on the source of your information, you can pick anything from the ordinary (clothes, dinners, tools) to the bizarre (parachute diving, giant face cushion, registering a star in his name). But, again, it’s according to your Dad’s likes and dislikes.
The aim of any son or daughter is to get a special Father’s Day gift—that one gift your Dad will appreciate and use for his good pleasure. We want to please our Dads and get them something that will bring a smile to their face. Sometimes finding just the right gift comes easy. Other times, however, it might be difficult. You might find one right away. But some gifts may take a little more effort to find and that takes more time.
Whatever gift you give to your Dad, there’s one you can add that will make it MORE special. This includes the honor you give him—showing him your love, respect, and gratitude in special ways. In fact, these are gifts themselves—gifts that will please your Dad. And they will last much longer than whatever material gift that you present to him.
This might sound too difficult for sons and daughters who have serious differences with their fathers. And granted, some fathers may not seem worthy of these special gifts due, perhaps, to their own mistakes in the past. But in a Christian world, that’s where these special gifts are definitely needed in order for that kind of situation to change for the betterment of the family. Only through an honest effort of genuine forgiveness and reconciliation can conditions change for the best (Mark 11:25; Ephesians 4:32; 1 Peter 3:8-12)—and what better time than Father’s Day to begin that change?
Special gifts are special because they are based on a commitment—a commitment of loyalty to the virtues God our Father has laid forth through his one and only Son, Jesus Christ. It’s all a part of God’s command to honor your father as well as your mother as Jesus, himself, affirmed (Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:4). The result? “…that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord gives you.” (See also Ephesians 6:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:16).
Happy Father’s Day to all Dads!
And Good News to YOU!
P.S. This song is dedicated as a special gift to all Dads—heroes in the sight of their children, https://youtu.be/hM4gOls0R48