How different might it be if we returned to the teachings of the Scriptures, particularly Ephesians 5 and Ephesians 6, which so clearly outline God's purpose and order for family relationships? Wives are to respect their husbands, children are to obey their fathers, and men are to sacrificially love their wives and bring up their children "in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). Somehow we've gotten it all backwards, especially on TV. Women do not respect their husbands, and children certainly don't obey their parents. And no one in the sitcoms brings up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord. For the most part, even in Christian homes, that scriptural training of children is done by the mothers.

As I said, call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days of "Father Knows Best." Even without a Christian father, I was blessed to be loved by a man with high standards and moral values, and for that I will always be grateful. The man I called "Daddy" will always be my first hero, and because he finally returned to "Ye-sus" in the last week of his eighty-eight years on this earth, I know I will see him again one day soon. And oh, how I look forward to it!

God in His infinite wisdom and unconditional love gave me the perfect dad, just the one I needed so I could grow up and become the woman I was meant to be. And for that I thank my heavenly Father, the One who truly does know best.

June 2010

Kathi Macias ( is a radio host and award-winning author of more than thirty books, including her popular Extreme Devotion fiction series from New Hope Publishers.