Happy Father’s Day

Pastor Mark Hopper

Pastor Mark Hopper

By Pastor Mark Hopper

I suppose we all have a variety of impressions of our fathers.  I wonder what impressions my children have of me.

When you think of your father, do you think of someone who was kind and tender, or critical and impatient?  Was your dad a strict disciplinarian or easy going and laid back?

Fathers have a unique role in the lives of their children.  Mothers have their unique role as well. Sometimes these roles may merge together, but there is a unique role and relationship between a father and his children.

One of the things that dads can do is make memories with their children.  These memories don’t need to always be expensive trips to amusement parks.  They can be a simple outing to a local park.  Taking walks and playing games in the backyard can create lasting memories for kids and dads.

I remember one time, when my father took my brother and me on a fishing trip in the mountains in eastern Arizona.  My mom stayed home; it was just my father and his two young sons.

I don’t know whose idea it was, but I do know that my brother and I still remember that trip with our father.  I don’t remember how many fish we caught or what food we ate.  But I do remember going fishing and camping with my father.

My son and I have shared some memorable adventures together.  We climbed to the top of the highest mountain in southern Arizona.  Mt. Wrightson is a little over 9,000 feet.  It was a long hike.  But every time we visit Tucson, I look at that tall peak and remember we climbed it together.

I think my son would say that one of his favorite memories that he and I shared together was our trip to the beaches of Normandy, France, several years ago.  It was amazing to walk together on those broad beaches and through the cemetery at Omaha Beach.

I also enjoyed some special trips and outings with my daughters when they were younger.  One time my youngest daughter and I flew together to a cousin’s destination wedding in Hawaii.  It was a memorable time for both of us.

Being a dad is a wonderful privilege and a unique responsibility.

If you are a father, let me encourage you to make some memories with your children.  It is never too late to set a date and do something together with your sons or daughters.  They will be glad you did, and you will, too!

Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Ave. Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visit http://www.efreedb.org.