Power of One: How Fathers can be super heroes to his kids
It must have been tough to be my dad.
I broke your heart. I broke your car on several occasions because I refused to listen. I remember coming home from sneaking out and you were up, waiting on me.
The look in your eyes said everything: "I was worried! I love you. Please listen to me, don't do that again."
I remember when I was little, you worked a lot. Mom would tuck me in and you would just be getting home. But I remember you sneaking in to peck a kiss atop my head and tell me you loved me, and sorry you didn't get home earlier.
I guess I grew up fast, didn't I? Because the years went by so fast, but all I remember is the good times we had. The moments of bonding, the fishing, the talking, the sports, the weekends playing video games while mom baked cookies.
I remember everything we did together.
I am sorry I was a pain the rear. I love you dad.
It must have been hard to have been my boy.
I worked a lot. I was tired a lot. I griped a lot at you, and fell asleep a lot on my days off while you watched cartoons in my lap.
You sure were a handful as a teenager. You totaled 3 of my cars, and that last time you snuck out I didn't think I would ever see you again. But you made it home, and that next day we took the car to the dump together and had that long talk. After the talk I remember we got ice-cream, at least we both got something good out of that huh?
You were such a strong willed child, but I swear you were just like me. I am sorry I worked so much, but I tried to spend as much time with you as I could on my days off. Hey, we had lots of fishing and video game time, eh?
You grew up so fast. I love you as much as I always have, and am very proud of you son.
The Power of One
Kids are naturally resilient. Tough. Forgiving. Loving.
And boys are naturally drawn to grown, strong men. Whatever a man does for a living, most little boys dream of being just like daddy. It comes natural.
If the father is a greasy mechanic or a truck driver (of which my own father was), the children are drawn to him like a magnet on the refrigerator. They want to get down in the grime and help daddy under that big old truck.
If a boy does not have a father figure in his life, the boy will eventually search out other men of whom he can simulate.
What does it take to be a super dad? Good question.
Patience. Perseverance. Purpose.
Patience is not just a virtue. It is the ability to suppress restlessness or annoyance. It is a quiet, yet steady perseverance. It is an even tempered diligence without complaint. A father who exercises this towards his children is a man that will actually take the time to guide them correctly.
"Correct thy son; and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul." Proverbs 29:17
Perseverance is a steady course of action with a definite purpose. Raising kids serves a purpose and requires perseverance, even when your children are grown and on their own. It means you keep going no matter how tough it gets and you never give up.
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
Purpose is an intended result with an ultimate goal in mind. Determination. A man who demonstrates this to his kids is showing them responsibility, making them feel wanted in life to serve a greater purpose.
When a child knows he or she is loved, it helps that child to see their purpose. Love your children unconditionally and you will have children that will execute your love throughout their ambitions in life by applying the principles you taught them.
Dear dad: "Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge." Proverbs 23:12. Never stop pursuing what is right, what is Godly, what is good. Kids simulate what they see.
Dear exhausted father, although you may not see it now, your family looks up to you in more ways you could ever comprehend. Don't give up.
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