Everything You Wanted to Know About Father's Day

Kara Powell | Jun 20, 2011

Yesterday I had the chance to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad, as well as with my husband and kids and lots of other relatives. Every year I am aware that Father’s and Mother’s Day can be very painful days for folks struggling with fertility issues, folks who have lost their parents, or folks who are estranged from them.

I thought this infographic on Father’s Day was pretty interesting. I was especially struck by the history of Father’s Day and how it was one person’s idea in an effort to honor her own widowed father who took care of his six children in the Civil War.

Here’s a thought: what if those of us in ministry encouraged kids to also do something special for their fathers next week - the week after Father’s Day? And maybe marked it in our calendars to do something special for fathers in a few months also?

I’m a fan of Father’s and Mother’s Day but part of the problem is that it can make it seem like we ‘ve checked “honoring our parents” off the list and don’t need to think much about it until the following year. What if we in leadership did something different with our own families - what if we surprised our own moms, dads, step-moms and step-dads with a special card or by taking them out for coffee? And what if we shared those stories with our students so they caught a vision for tangibly honoring our parents on more than just 2 out of the 365 days each year?

Honoring our parents isn’t just a good idea; it’s one of the Ten Commandments. How can we help teenagers experience the spirit of Father’s Day year round?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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