Men, too, deserve to be spoiled. They need to be told they are handsome, and their efforts are appreciated. The importance of supporting, positively encouraging their efforts to be fruitful, honoring and loving our good men is essential. When we do this, we are speaking life into their lives. This faith-filled action has never been needed more than today. Men need to feel secure in the relationships we have with them too. The ideal is to walk forward in faith having our hearts knit together in unity and love.
Trying to write this article to honor and list the fine qualities of a good man is like trying to pull down the brightest stars in a universe of choices. Too many to choose from. However, I have selected a few of the qualities that are present in the value system of all of the truly good men I’ve known and associated with.
Good men are generous. Good men can be trusted. They are also kind, loyal, honest, intelligent, dependable, and protective. Good men are wonderful providers and are consistent. Good men respect and honor women. Good men are aligned with our Heavenly Father in all aspects of life. Good men can also become fathers.
This month’s tenet states we value the irreplaceable role of fathers. Wise women everywhere sing praises and deeply appreciate their partnerships and alliances with good men. There’s no better combination in this world when we as good men and good women join forces in collaboration and cooperation.
We can learn a lot about life by listening and learning from our fathers and good men. They are filled with wisdom and strength. I chose some quotes to share to help illustrate this point.
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not; but he rejoices for those which he has.” ~ Epictetus
“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.” ~ Ezra Taft Benson
Good fathers and men will never need to resort to unrighteous dominance, power, or control. While power uses threats and punishments, influence uses positive affirmation and encouragement. They see the marked difference and choose to influence positively in every arena they are placed in. A very wise man taught me that a great way to determine the character of a man is to watch how he treats those who can do nothing for him. Watch how he behaves, especially when he has everything, to those who can do him no good. A truly great man will never need to tell you who he is because his life will reflect it.
In the effort to gift something, I decided to write a love note to dads this month. I wrote this thinking of the irreplaceable influence of fathers. This comes with the deepest of gratitude and some large smiles. Personally, I am so thankful for the great father I have, my amazing brothers who are also fathers, and the wonderful, good men who have influenced my life in amazing ways. I’m also thankful for my Heavenly Father for His guiding light and everlasting love and for being such a true gentleman in gifting my life with the blessings of truly good men.
He says he’s nothing more than just an ordinary man.
But, there is magic in his hands when I’m sick or broken hearted.
When the storms of adversity are blowing hard, he is my lighthouse.
A guardian, a provider, a protector, and a warrior who I notice never sleeps.
He’s a builder of life and of families and of his fellow men.
He is a beacon of light and truth, who is both strong and gentle.
He is a giant among men and in my heart.
That is definitely not ordinary, no that’s extraordinary.
So, I thank my Heavenly Father for blessing me with such an ordinary man for my Father!
Thank you for all of this and so much more.
Love you, Dad!
We all have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and bring smiles and extra joy to the fathers and the good men in our lives this month. So let’s not forget to do that! We are so blessed to have them. May gratitude and love abound in all these efforts!