A Fathers Day Tribute

This Fathers Day is a little more exciting to me. Any guess why?

Not one, not two, but three new additions are coming our way. That’s right, three baby girls to add to our three other grandchildren is indeed a cause for celebration.

Fathers Day conjures up precious memories. I’ve been blessed with a good Dad. He loves me without reservation and he has always believed in me.

My kids have a great Dad, too. With the many hats that he wears, “Dad” is by far the best.

I’ve always felt that being a father is about more than biologically producing offspring. Being a father means devoting your time, resources, and influence to the people that God has placed under your leadership.

Our kids have been exponentially blessed, as my husband took his responsibility to father with great care. He had a good example in his own father, who passed down a legacy of devoted fatherhood from one generation to the next.

Being a dad isn’t for the faint of heart. I looked through the plethora of cards at Target and the grocery store this week, most of them filled with messages like, “Relax, you’ve earned it!” Images of men propped up in a recliner with their trusty remote, a snack and a beverage by their side don’t really portray the dad’s in my life, least of all my husband.

My husband can tend to be a work-a-holic, but our kids knew growing up that his primary concern was not to build himself a financial fortune. When it was time for sporting, school and church events, he was there, putting off work and putting them first. He was an integral part of the inner workings of our day to day life as well as our provider. He didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk.

I’m not sure how humor is passed from one generation to the next. Is it heredity or learned? Whatever the case, our kids all inherited his humor to varying degrees.

Billy Graham once said that “a good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”

Every dad will leave a lasting mark on his children. His legacy won’t be what he leaves his children in terms of dollars and cents. It will be what he passes on in terms of love, support, wisdom, character and faith.

As our boys prepare to transition into fatherhood, I sit and delight in the goodness of God. They have had a fine example in the men that have shaped them. Men who were aware that what they did would filter down. Men who invested in what mattered most.

God.

Family.

Them.

One generation shall praise Your works to another.”

Psalm 145:4

One Reply to “A Fathers Day Tribute”

  1. Eddie Bailey says:

    Very well said

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