Father to Father

2 Samuel 7:14
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity,  I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men.

Fathers have a very important role in the lives of their children. In fact, most of the values that children get from their parents comes from their father. Children look up to their fathers. They often want to emulate what they see their fathers doing. What is cool about that is that's what Jesus did, whatever he heard the Father saying or saw the Father doing.

We look to our dads for secuirty, support, and stability. We also look to our dads for friendship and good advice. Our dad is usually the one that shows us how to do cool stuff like building something,  fixing something,  mowing the lawn, riding a bike, and tons of other things. We trust our dad to show us the right way and lead us in the right direction.

We tend to think that our dad is the strongest person in the world. No one can beat up our dad. We think our dad is the best at everything. Remember when you were a little kid and you would argue with your friends? I bet you said something like this, "na uh, my dad is better than your dad!".

My dad did a lot of cool stuff with us. He took us fishing, camping,  boat riding,  and a list of other fun things too long to mention. My dad was always there when we needed him. He was always the first one to stick up for us, even though we were probably wrong most of the time. Dad would order pizza every Friday night and we would watch "The Dukes of Hazard" together. Afterwards we would get into an intense game of UNO or, if he felt up to it, a long game of Monopoly.

I learned so many good things from my dad. He taught me how hard work pays off. He taught me the value of a dollar. He taught me to never give up, no matter how hard it gets. Dad was always there when I needed him. From where to go on a first date to a small loan to get me through until payday.

Dad was a wonderful dad. I have always felt blessed to have such a wonderful dad and mentor in my life. Once dad became a grandpa, oh man, the spot light I had placed on him really started to shine. He played with my kids, took them fishing, took them boat riding, all the cool stuff he used to do with me, he did with them too. A lot of the time, when I didn't have to work, we did things with my kids together. It was a great experience for me. I got to see the greatest man I knew in action with my kids. What a learning opportunity that was for me!

If you haven't already come to the conclusion,  my dad was a great dad. If there was an award for being a great dad, my dad would have won it hands down year after year. Sadly, dad passed away last August 13th. He had lost a long, tiring battle with cancer. The man I thought was invincible left the world fighting for life. The memories I have of my dad are great. I am so thankful to our Lord for blessing me with the opportunity to be my dad's son. I pray that I can be at least half the dad to my children that he was to me.

So this Father's Day, when you're celebrating the man that helped bring you in the world, cherish every moment and treat it as if it were your last opportunity to show him how much you love him and how much you appreciate him. You never know if you will have that chance again. Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. May God bless you and be with you. Amen!

I dedicate this to the greatest man I've ever known, my dad, Jim. We love you and miss you!
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