Rules for Fathers and Sons

One of my favorite clips from the Andy Griffith show was circulating around Facebook sometime ago. Opie, Sheriff Taylor’s son, comes into the Sherrif’s office one day and asks his father if there are rules for fathers and sons. The sherif asks what kind of rules he is talking about. “Oh, the 75-cent-rule.” Opie explains that a new kid has moved in from the big city and his father gives him a seventy-five-cent allowance every week without him having to do any chores. Andy tells his son that, no, there are no rules for pas and sons. “Each mother or father raises his boy or girl, as the case may be, the way he thinks is best. And I think it’s best that you get a quarter and work for it. You see, when you give something, in this case cleaning the garage, and get something in return, like a quarter, why that’s the greatest feeling in the world. You do feel good after working, don’t you?” “Uh-huh,” Opie responds. “Good and tired!” “Well,” Andy continued, “As you get bigger, you’ll be doing more and more work for more and more return and that feeling will get bigger. Do you understand what I mean?” Opie answers, “I think so. I’m not going to get the 75 cents. And I have to work for the 25.” “All clear to you?” Andy clarifies. “The bigger you get, the tireder you get,” was the response.

We may chuckle at this exchange, but does it remind you of any of the conversations you’ve had with your son or daughter? Fathers have a great responsibility of training their children and preparing them to live in the world God has placed them in. Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, gave this promise in the book of Proverbs, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). It may be tiring, it may be difficult, but fathers, don’t give up! The wisdom and training you are giving today will last for eternity. And if you’re not a father, go thank one this Father’s Day for sacrificing so much for the welfare of their children. And of course, let’s remember the greatest Father of all, our Heavenly Father, Who has given us more than we deserve or could ever repay. Let’s thank Him most of all.

Thankful for fathers,

Pastor Sutherland