A family I know loves to play basketball together. They call it “family basketball” and they play in the driveway of their home. It’s a mom and dad and two boys. They love to whoop it up—shoot free throws, block shots, and drive the basket, all the while joking and laughing with each other. Quite often while they play, a 10 year-old boy from down the street will ride his bike back and forth in front of their driveway. He doesn’t say anything but it’s obvious he’s dying to get in the game. He lives with his mother and grandmother, but no father and no basketball hoop.
This month we celebrate Father’s Day and for many young boys there is no one to buy a card for, an outrageous tie or smelly after shave cologne. For them, this month is just like any other month.
For that reason, I’m going to ask all fathers to join me in an investment opportunity that I think will yield great returns—more than l00 percent! It’s something I want you to consider before another Father’s Day rolls around.
Before I share this awesome opportunity, I want you to take a personal inventory of your own life. I want to make sure that you are spending quality time with your own children and contributing to their lives. Are you balancing your work and home life to where your kids feel cherished by you?
If that’s all in order, then I want to encourage you to join me in picking a child over the course of the next year that you can invest in. One who perhaps doesn’t have a father or doesn’t know their father. A kid who’s sitting on the bench and doesn’t have a chance to get in the game without the right coach.
I’ve been taking time to look around at the average teen boy in our society. Many grow up without fathers. According to the web site, The Fatherless Generation (http://thefatherlessgeneration.wordpress.com/statistics/), studies have found that children from fatherless homes are five times more likely to commit suicide; 32 times more likely to run away; 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders and l0 times more likely to abuse chemical substances. These young men do not have older role models and therefore can easily be led in the wrong direction.
There is a young man I’ve gotten to know over the course of the last few years that is in that situation. Every now and then I just tell him how proud I am of him and I can tell by his smile that it means a ton.
I understand that Father’s Day ought to be one of those days where you simply lean back in your recliner, with your remote in hand, and let the kids wait on you hand and foot. I celebrate that with you and hope I’ll be doing a little of that too.
On the other hand, I’m simply asking you to recruit another player on your team. I ask you to invest today in a son that someone else has neglected. I’m not talking legal adoption but someone you can occasionally involve in your family activities. A kid you come alongside and tell them the things you see and value in their life.
I hope you will consider investing in the future by making a difference in the life of someone else’s kid today.
Happy Father’s Day!