Father’s Day is here. It has been suggested the best gift for dads is signing them up for 2018 FIFA World Cup. And they will be happy not just for a day but for a whole month.
It seems like Dads and Soccer have a lot in common.
Dad is the coach of the home brood. With mum as the assistant coach, he tries to get everyone in the home team to play ball, be it going to church, planning a vacation or a sporting activity or simply getting every one ready for dinner.
But the “players” are always testing their boundary lines before Dad calls it a “foul,” like what time they ought to be back home in the evening.
Although mum often cooks to feed the team including the “coach” yet dad sometimes would bring home “takeaways” to keep everyone happy. This is when the assistant coach would contradict the coach and calls it spoiling the team.
Team members often have many extracurricular activities in school and dad will fetch them back and forth from those different venues. He is often mistaken to be the “Umber Driver” for his kids. When he is unavailable, there is always, “Mum’s taxi.”
Dad and mum sacrificially do all that for their children because they want their children to score the “goals” of their lives. Every successful goal and good pass always brings tremendous joy to both coach and his assistant.
The kids may not see it but mum and dad are always pacing up and down the sidelines watching how the children are playing on the field of their study and endeavors.
And with the onset of digital technology to analyze the replay of goal line, dad and mum can now check whether their kids have crossed the “line of acceptability” on their FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram.
Even after a long and hard day at work, dads sometimes have to referee the occasional squabbles among the kids. That is because the assistant coach said, “Wait till your dad comes home.” But despite doing his best to resolve, it still inadvertently ends with one saying, “That’s so unfair!” It’s another way of say, “Referee kayu!”
Being a dad is tough, as tough as being a soccer coach. But this is one coach you cannot sack.
God has tasked every father to do the challenging and yet rewarding work.
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
We support you coach. The home team needs you. Don’t be discouraged.
Happy Father’s Day!