Today is Father’s Day. I got to sleep in – a rarity on a Sunday. On several occasions my daughters attempted to wake me up – not an easy chore. As I attempted to look through bleary eyes, I saw wispy hair and eager smiles, ready to celebrate their father. I’m a blessed man, for many reasons.
I’m blessed to have a good and godly father. He has blessed me with the love of God, life, family, learning, reading, writing, and so much more. I have countless fond memories with him – he’s the best dad! Quality family time was always important to him. From my earliest days I can remember sitting together reading our nightly Bible story followed by a chapter or three of “The Chronicles of Narnia.” At the end of each chapter my sisters and I would chant, “One more chapter!” I loved our family camping trips, where I learned to setup tents, build fires, and explore nature. Dad would play his guitar around the campfire and we’d sing. I enjoyed the songs he made up the most. But my love for my dad is not a thing of the past. I love how our relationship has grown. I still call him regularly – sometimes just to chat, and sometimes because I need his wisdom, advice, prayers, or listening ear.
I’m also blessed to be the father of my own three little princesses. I certainly don’t have this “dad” thing down yet – but I’m trying. I’ve learned from my father what quality family time is all about. This past week was full of memory-makers. Camping, campfires, s’mores, song time with the guitar, bedtime stories, sandcastles on the beach, Bible time, bumper boats, mini-golf, and picnics on the porch.
Having three daughters is certainly interesting. Living in a house with 4 ladies is never boring. Sometimes I’m not sure what they want or need. I’m learning that sometimes they just need their dad. That’s a humbling thought – because I know my own insecurities, shortcomings, and failures. I feel like I don’t have much to offer them when all they want is me. This Father’s Day serves as a reminder that I need to be the best godly man I can be – for them.
While I find myself greatly outnumbered, I’m also greatly blessed.