The quote says, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” It’s true. The point of this quote is that we can choose to wear the “father” title that is inherently given to us, or we can recognize that being a “dad” is living it out with our children day after day. Our children are a gift to us from the Lord and with that gift comes much responsibility.
Our primary responsibility as a dad is to love the Lord, love our families and love others. Guys are natural providers. We like to provide for our families—food, shelter, clothing. It is an easy way for us to show our families we love them. However, some of us struggle when it comes to anything outside of simply providing. The problem is that basic provision is not enough. All of the things that we give them will fade with time. Spending time with our families, our children, is what they will remember and what will really matter to them in the end.
When Jesus talked about ‘things’ here on earth, he reminds us that what we really treasure is where our heart will be (Matthew 6:21). So where is our treasure? What kind of legacy will we leave? What will our children say about us?
This Sunday, June 15th is a day that is set aside in over 70 countries to celebrate our fathers. Are we going to simply be “fathers” or will we be “dads”? Whether you are already a father, or one of the many America World guys waiting to be a father, remember that ‘anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad’.
Happy ‘Dads’ Day!
Mike Stone, Director of Public Relations