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Hauser: Don't give up, men

The strength of our nation is not in our political system, our military supremacy, or our key economic indicators. The strength and foundational piece of any society is our families and, specifically, our marriages/ Our community or nation will never be stronger or healthier than our homes.

I have always taken my role as a husband and dad seriously, yet I often feel inadequate in both roles. Being a husband has been the No. 1 challenge in my life and being a dad No. 2. My dad died when I was 18 months, so I did not have the picture of a husband or dad in my home growing up. I did not have a grandfather in my life either. One of my grandfathers died many years before I was born and my other grandfather rarely came around. I only saw him twice in my life before he passed away. In his later years, he was very lonely as his relationships were primarily outside of his family and were built on what he could do for others and what they could do for him. I have two uncles who played very important roles in my life. I am so grateful for them, but I lived hundreds of miles from them and saw them once a year.

As a child, my mom stated that one of her most passionate prayers was that God would fill in the cracks in my life that the lack of a dad or grandfather left. I think her prayer has been answered, but it has not come without many mistakes, tears and pain. My father-in-law, Bill, recently died unexpectedly and my mom's prayer immediately came to my mind for his family.

So, on this Father's Day I want to remind men: you are so valuable and so needed by your family and others. You may or may not hear this or see this opportunity, but it is true. You are making a greater difference than you realize. Don't give up. Stay in the game. Make improvements. Seek God. Hang out with men who sharpen you for good and for God. Every day, every interaction, matters.

I came across Isaiah 59:21 a few weeks ago and it hit me hard. "My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants."

For those who are walking in obedience to the Lord, his spirit is directing our words. And his words that he has given us will always be on the lips of our children and our descendants. Wow. That is amazing. I believe it is true. The God-given words of my dad and grandfathers and great grandfathers continue to rest on me. With God's help I will make every day and every conversation count! Happy Father's Day. God bless you.

See you next Sunday!

Hauser is founding and senior pastor, Prairie Heights of Fargo Moorhead. Email jon@prairieheights.com

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