It seems that every comedic television show likes to undermine your job. It seems the man of the family doesn’t ever have the right answers, is usually the butt of the joke, and garners no respect from his children and wife. Your role is often criticized, villainized, and unprioritized.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I would argue that your job as “dad” is one of the most important jobs.
I once overheard a young student of mine explain it: You see, everyone has a father, that’s the man whose blood runs through your veins. Then you have a step-father, that’s the man who is married to your mother. Then you have your dad, that’s the man who loves you like a son.
Truly, it could be any mixture of those three options. I learned a great lesson from that sweet fourth grade child who let those words roll off his lips – Everyone has a father, but not everyone has a dad.
This post is dedicated to every DAD out there. To the dad who loves, leads, and listens. To the dad who plays, prays, petitions, and falls prostrate on his knees. To the dad who is present, purposeful, and passionate. To the dad who parents from a heart of humility and hard work with a touch of humor.
I’m talking to YOU.
Thank you for being a generation-changer. You may not always realize how much you are watched, how those little (or big) eyes take in your every move. You are an example, and they are taking it all in. Your earthly relationship with your children is but a glimpse for them of what their Heavenly Father is like. Your love that comes without condition helps them begin to fathom how deep and wide and marvelous God’s love for them is.
You are a hero. An imperfect hero. When you mess up, you apologize, and when you are wronged, you forgive. And those little eyes take it all in.
And you your role as dad, your words and actions, they are MOLDING the future.
That’s the power that comes in being dad.
So thank you for stepping up, for reaching out, for taking the high road.
Thank you for your selfless living, wholehearted loving, humble serving, and intentional parenting.
You are a world changer.
You are dad.