A righteous man who walks in his integrity— How blessed are his sons after him. -Proverbs 20:7
A quiet Sunday morning continues to unfold as we begin to celebrate the truly honorable day of Father’s Day. Although it is difficult to separate the commercial aspect of this occasion with it’s true meaning, I believe that the role of being a Father, which is to be a strong yet compassionate man is something that needs to be instilled in sons all across the world.
I was fortunate and blessed to have had an incredible man as my father. This isn’t one of those “my dad was the best man in the world” reflections, but a true reflection of recognizing the treasure that having had a good father is. What makes a great father? Not an easy question but one that I believe all of us as men should strive to discover and achieve.
My heart swells as I think of all that my dad instilled in me just by example as well as making sure he was inside my life, not just watching it. The love I saw over the years he had for my mom is a testament that love can truly last a lifetime. The perseverance he had as an artist, despite the storms that artists go through showed me what passion looked like. The constant roof over my head, food in my belly and clothes on my back taught me that going to work and providing for your family is an honorable thing worthy of high praise. The never ending conversations that he had with me and my sisters taught me that you can be friends with your children and encourage their paths in life.
He was there every time I succeeded and every time I fell and failed always loving me the same way. I have more amazing memories than I could count and for this I thank God and him every day. A great father is a privilege in this life and I stand a rich man for having had among the best.
And so I say to all the Fathers on this very unique day: Don’t underestimate the impact you have on your children and most of all, seek out the character of a strong man for your family because that is what they will take with them for the rest of their lives from you.