Give Fathers Some Love

On June 17, 2012 by Eddie

Did you see this Father’s Day commercial last week? I saw it a few times, and each time I got a bit choked up. I’m definitely a crier, so that’s not too surprising, but it definitely caught me by surprise. It may just be me, but I don’t see many things on television celebrating what fathers do.

I guess being a father has made me realize just how hard it is to be a dad. It’s easy to beat up on dads. As a culture, we do that a lot, especially in church. No matter who you are, you don’t have to look far to find an example of a flawed or absent father. Dads always seem to struggle with being too tough, too un-emotional, too distant.

So far, what I’ve learned about being a dad is that it’s way harder than I imagined. It seems like a constant balancing act between all the roles and responsibilities that I find on my plate. There’s always something urgent, and typically the people that are the most important don’t have the loudest voice. It’s a constant exercise in saying “no” to good things to focus on the best things. Definitely makes me thankful for my father in a new way.

Saturday night, my wife made a pallet on the floor and we watched a movie with Jude and Emmeline. (For the first time, Jude’s attention span is ready to handle a late-night movie!) That was the best Father’s Day gift I could’ve asked for, a moment of quiet, when all the other urgent things were silent and I could curl up with the people who are most important to me. It was awesome, I hope it becomes a Saturday night tradition. I know I’m nowhere near a perfect father, but it gave me hope that maybe some of the things I do will come out right in the end.

So here’s to all the dads out there. I hope you celebrated, laughed, rested, and loved well this weekend. It’s tough being a dad, but it’s worth it.

What made you cry this Father’s Day?

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