I will always be thankful for a father who spent time with me in the outdoors. Although my dad taught me much about woodsmanship, he also taught me to appreciate God’s great gifts that are so touchable in nature. I don’t know of a greater place or way for a father and son to bond than in the outdoors. I might add that the same is true for mentoring relationships between strong Christian men and boys whose dads are dead or deadbeat or otherwise not involved in their little guys’ lives.
The apostle Paul spoke well of the type of thankfulness sons like me have for fathers of great Christian character: “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.” (I Thessalonians 1:2-3 NKJV)
These are, indeed, masculine characteristics of real Godly men: faith in God, love for His work, and hope in His coming. My dad continues in these things. I want to continue in them as well so that my son and sons-in-the-faith will know the greatest Man of all, the Man of men, the One most deserving of our son-ship and daughter-ship: Jesus Christ our Lord.