Did you know 1 in 3 kids in America has no father present? This past weekend, we celebrated Father’s Day, but in reality our society tends to portray fathers as an unneeded accessory for child-rearing. And that’s heartbreaking!

I grew up never hearing an encouraging word from the man who turned out to be my stepfather. In fact, the first person to ever speak life into me, was a person I’d just met when I started getting into business. And those words, from a virtual stranger, changed my world! Because it was the first time I ever heard a positive message.

Whether you realize it or not, father figures have a huge impact on a child’s mental and social health. Can you imagine how I would’ve grown up, if I had a father who encouraged me? All I can say is, if you’re a father, you are absolutely needed! If you’re a mother, when was the last time you told your husband he’s a good father? Maybe you have a checklist in your head, saying your man needs to be God-like in order to be up-to-snuff.

You’ll never be perfect. Your father, husband or wife will also never be perfect. Fathers make mistakes because of what they were taught. And our society currently is teaching our men a standard of fatherhood that is so out-of-whack! They either have to be Superman-perfect or they’re portrayed as lazy, video-game-addicted, slobs.

What we have done to the image of fathers in this nation is sad. Having a great father can make all the difference in the world. And you don’t have to be a perfect father to have a huge impact.

Today, throw out your checklist and measuring stick. Instead of always focusing on (and pointing out) faults, start celebrating the things your father or spouse did right! Did this message encourage you today? Or maybe it reminded you to grab your phone and send a text or make a phone call? Let me know! Leave me your comments here and be sure to Like and Share today’s message. Help me change the image our society has created for men and bring back the power of fatherhood.

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In great faith,

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