Fathers Day 2017
In the fall of 2008 I became a father. Of course life hasn’t been the same since. But being a dad is not my greatest calling in life. My primary responsibility is to love and care for my wife; Katie is my priority. But God has blessed me with three wonderful children and the Bible speaks a lot about loving and providing for your family.
I love being a dad. I’m getting better at it each year. I still struggle in many ways – is it ok to say that? I know you only see Instagram pics when I am being a good dad but I assure you I have moments that are embarrassing at best, damaging at worst. Still I wake up every day to be better than I was the day before. I’m a teacher and I am a student. I learn from other men. I learn from my mistakes and I learn from my successes. If you’re not reflecting on your days then you’re not doing it right. Being a dad means being a student so that you can be a teacher.
Dad is an authority but dad is a servant. What does that look like? I’m working on it. This week I am at Fort Wilderness for family camp. So that means dad sets the rules (authority) and he also rocks the craft shop and makes homemade bug spray (servant) when he knows that’s what the kids love to do.
As I reflect on Father’s Day this year I want to highlight three points. First, being a father is a team game; do it along side other men (preferable better that you). Second, know your roles, be prepared to wear multiple hats. Sometimes you’re teaching, sometimes you’re a teddy bear, sometimes you’re a student, sometimes you’re a cheer leader. And third, model the love of God. Love and grace always win. If kids look up to dad and they see dad being obedient to God, how great will their understanding of God be?