Sunday, June 18, 2006

Father's Day - The Importance of Dad

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the Dads!

While statistics are sited for the effects the increase of fatherless homes and absentee dads cause, we have to remember that there are more good fathers who are doing their best to raise their children responsibly, than not. Even if the kids don't appreciate dad...yet.

I pulled this out of my files, you may have seen it...

"How Fathers Mature"
At 4 Years: My daddy can do anything
7 Years: My dad knows a whole lot
9 Years: Dad doesn't know quite everything
12 Years: Dad just doesn't understand
14 Years: Dad is old-fashioned
21 Years: That man is out of touch
25 Years: Dad's okay
30 Years: I wonder what Dad thinks about this
35 Years: I must get Dad's input first
50 Years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 Years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.

Then there's these true life stories from Duane's file he's used often in speeches...

"Jonathan Edwards vs. Max Jukes"
The family of Max Jukes-a man of no principle
-married a girl of like character in 1677
-among his known descendents, 1200 were studied:
310 were professional beggars
440 had lives that were physically wrecked by debauchery and uncleanliness
130 were sent to prison for an average of 13 years each
7 were murderers
100 were alcholoholics
60 were habitual thieves
190 were public prostitutes
Only 20 of the 1200 Jukes ever had gainful employment (the others were either criminals or lives on state aid)
This notorious clan cost the state of New York a total of $1,200,000 in welfare and custodial charges - back then.

Family of Jonathan Edwards
-from a good Christian family
-married a girl of like character
-from among his traceable 1400 descendants came:
300 clergymen, missionaries and theological professors
13 college presidents
65 college professors
100 lawyers, and a dean of an outstanding law school
30 judges
66 physicians and a dean of a medical school
80 holders of public office
3 U.S. Senators
Mayors of large cities
Governors of 3 states
a Controller of the U.S. Treasury
1 Vice-President of the United States
The family wrote 135 books and sent 100 missionaries overseas.

You can still hear my Father's Day 'Man on the Street' Special - adults and children alike tell what they think about the importance of Dad...

Hear the show (See 6/14/06)


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