“My dad was Superman to me, and in my mind he always will be.”
A child goes through many transitions in the first 12-months of their life. Most of those transitions will involve their mom, as a baby naturally relies on her for most of his or her needs. For a dad, it can be hard at times to look at the bond building between mother and child in that first year and not feel a little pang of jealousy. Continue reading “From “Not the Momma” to Superman”
“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”
Since early childhood, I’ve dreamed of being a dad. A year ago, that dream became a reality with the birth of my son. In the year since his birth I’ve discovered one inescapable truth, I am not the dad my son deserves. Continue reading “I Am Not the Dad My Son Deserves”
“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments…”
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
It’s a big world, at times a scary world and some day I’ll watch as my son steps out into that world. My son is only 1-year-old, so I have a bit of time before this happens but when I sit and think about all the things I want to teach him first, 18-years doesn’t seem like enough time. Continue reading “Odd Moments and Scraps of Wisdom”
“What you allow is what will continue.”
We have all been there at one time or another.
The morning held such promise but then on the commute to work, you get cut off and given the one-finger salute. You walk into work and a colleague who is two busy texting to watch were they are walking bumps into you, spilling your morning coffee down the front of you shirt. Your boss then calls you into his office to unload a tirad that clearly has more to do with his unhappiness than it does with you or your work.
With each encounter you feel a weight of descend on your shoulders. You notice that every little inconvenience throughout the day just causes you more frustration and disappointment. Continue reading “The Law of the Garbage Truck”
“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children…”
It’s hard to understand when we are young, that every decision we make will shape not only who we are but our future. We live for the moment and the enjoyment that it can bring, not thinking about consequences. Continue reading “For My Children’s Children”
“Children are naturally inclined to learn through observing the actions of others and then imitating those actions.”
“Actions speak louder than words, and it’s no more true than with your kids.”
– Brad Pitt
“Do as I say, not as I do.”
If you are anything like me, the utterance of this phrase will cause an immediate internal reaction akin to the eruption of a long dormant volcano. This type hypocritical statement is something that I will never understand. Unfortunately, it’s a statement I heard several times as a child. Continue reading “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”
“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
We awoke to another tragedy this morning. Twenty-two people killed in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena in England. Children are among those killed, one girl only eight-years-old. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how someone could be so filled with hate as to bring about this type of devastation, especially when they target children.
My heart goes out to those parents who are suffering. I can’t imagine the anguish they must be going through. Continue reading “When We Can’t Protect Our Children”
Remember, being a great dad is not always easy. Being intentional is not always easy. But as the saying goes, nothing worth doing is every easy.
Ask any man if he wants to be a great dad or an ok dad and I guarantee that you will never hear a man say he wants to be anything less than a great dad. We want our kids to look back on their childhood with nothing but fond memories. Memories of when we took them out for ice cream, made a fort out of blankets in the living room, taught them how to fish or wrestles on the floor (can you tell I have yet to experience having a daughter). We want them to remember important life lessons we taught them about compassion, empathy and giving their hearts to God. Continue reading “Five Practical Ways to Be Intentional”
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
It’s a dad’s job to provide for his family. In scripture, Timothy tells us, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.“ I don’t think Timothy could have been any clearer on what God thinks about someone who does not provide for his family. Continue reading “Involvement Today, Impacts Tomorrow”
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I’m the type of man that has to keep a calendar for everything. My wife often laughs at the constant dings she hears from my cell phone calendar reminding me of one thing or another.
I do not like to be late and I hate to forget something important, so everything and I do mean everything is written down.
Recently I was reminded of the old adage, if you want to know what is truly important to someone, all you have to do is look at their checkbook and their calendar. Continue reading “Show Me Where Your Heart Is”