You don’t have to meet a man face to face to know what kind of a father he is. Just listen to the way his children refer to him.
The respect that children have for their parents can be a good indicator of how much respect they deserve. One of the Ten Commandments is to honor our father and mother (Ex. 20:12). But how many parents live in a way that is worthy of honor?
I cannot think of a greater tragedy in life than to lose the respect of my children. I would be the most humiliated man if my children were ashamed of me. But nothing would make my heart beat faster than if my child pointed me out in a crowd and said proudly, “That’s my dad!”
A good test of whether you are a father who is respected by his children is to ask yourself, “Do I want my son to be what I am, to do what I do, to go where I go?”
Fathers, remember that never before in all history have your children needed the undivided interest and attention of loving parents as in these days of a polluted moral and spiritual atmosphere.
With the help of God’s strength and wisdom, determine to be the kind of parent whose child is proud to say, “That’s my dad!”
A father who emulates God
Is one who is faithful and true;
And if he is honest and strong,
His children will follow him too. —Hess
A good father earns the respect of his children.