Updated: Jun 19, 2022
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” A. Geddes
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” Proverbs 17:6 NIV
“That’s my dad!” “That’s my “Pops”. "That’s my uncle” ; I heard my grandson say to another baseball player in the middle of a game, pointing to the three of us at his field. Made me laugh and at the same time well up, as he said it so nonchalantly genuine and affectionately.
My grandson believes his dad is capable of almost anything; he sees and experiences life and trusts his dad as strong, smart and unshakeable. It speaks volumes about the pride in his voice saying “that is my dad”. He sees the same in the surrounding men for they are present, they discipline and they are coming alongside to build him as a man.
He sees men as provider, protector, priest and coach loving and preparing him.
Fathers are not to be celebrated today who are intentionally absent, who chose not to be there. We are in the midst of a disaster in our nation as women fight for the right for abortion in response to raising children with men they can’t trust; men who won't stick but will instead abdicate their responsibilities in order to chase careers, other women, have “casual" one-night stands, and raise sons to become adult-age selfish boys.
Dads are special when they make family an absolute priority; love God, love their wife and children’s mother and lovingly raise their children. Almost every single negative issue in our country comes back to lack of a daddy.
Daily Battle Order:
Coach Kenny Dallas calls out a key thing dad’s do: Painting pictures every day with his kids.
Go buy a handful of brushes today and be prepared to demonstrate with them and give them away. Each of us men start every day with a blank canvas; and on it we paint masterpieces as we share and illustrate our true identity, our true freedom, and how to fight. That picture looks like Jesus and reflects the cross; the good news of the gospel.
Whether you are a dad, grandad, stepdad, disciple builder - you can paint a new picture and share it today with the children entrusted to you. And take time today to share with your dad, or your mentor how you have appreciated the pictures you saw them paint in your life.