The biggest difference between an everyday (common or normal) dad and an every day (daily) dad, is the belief in intentionality.
Being intentionally present with your children every day is what makes a good dad, great.
I have learned fast that being intentional isn’t always the easiest thing for a dad to do. In fact, the easy thing to do would be to accept the normal flow of life. To live each day being physically present but not really engaging with your children. Assuming that because you come home each night and provide for the physical needs of your family that somehow you are fulfilling your God-given responsibility as a dad.
But if you are anything like me, and I’m assuming that you are, then you don’t want to be just a good dad. You want to be a great dad and that takes a committed effort and focus.
The scriptures state, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
God intentionally seeks us out and knocks on the door of our hearts. He does this because He wants to get to know us, to understand each of us, and to build a relationship with us. As the ultimate dad, God is the example that we should all strive to emulate with our children.
The scriptures also tell us what happens when we are not intentional with our children. The book of first Kings tells us the story of King David and the troubled relationship he had with his son, Adonijah. As David became advanced in years, Adonijah exalted himself in the belief that he should be king.
In I Kings 1:6 the scriptures states, “And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so?”
David just went with the flow. He never questioned his son or took the time to engage and understand his son. He was not intentional with his guidance and instruction and it started to tear his kingdom apart.
To keep our relationship with our children intact we must also be intentional in our role as a dad.
I do not say these things nor did I start this site in order to put myself out there as an expert or someone who has this all figured out. I am far from perfect and fail more than I succeed. I, like most dads, am just trying my best, every day, to figure out this thing called fatherhood.
But this site isn’t meant for perfect dads. This site is for those, who like me, may not have all the answers but who are searching for ways to be better than just good. And that begins with knowing that the first step to being a great dad is to first seek out a relationship with God, the ultimate dad.
Whether you are a dad, a dad-to-be or someone that hopes to someday be a dad, I hope you’ll join me on this journey to become an every day dad.