“I’m gonna be a dad!”

It was an inspiring, life-changing realization. It was a scary, exciting thought. I first became a dad in 1999. My wife and I had our second child in 2001. Of course, we didn’t fully know what we were getting into. Who does? Each season of parenting has its own unique joys and challenges. Just when you think you’ve figured something out, your kids move into a new stage. If nothing else, parenting keeps us humble!

Whether you are a young father (like I was in the family Father’s Day photo above—that’s my son on my lap) or your children are already grown up and on their own, we all know that on days like Father’s Day, we tend to evaluate ourselves and our fatherhood, and perhaps at times, we feel like we could have or should have done better. It’s for that moment that I want to share with you three things leading up to this Father’s Day.

3 Things for Dads

  1. You matter! You make a difference. And you don’t have to be perfect to be important. Only our Heavenly Father is perfect. And His grace is sufficient for you.
  2. It is worth it! Choosing to be a father is a noble task. It is worthy of your time and attention. Sure, you might be able to make more money if you neglected your kids. You might have a better golf game if you spent less time fathering. But your kids appreciate your investment in them, even if they don’t always express it. And your Heavenly Father knows what you’ve sacrificed to be the best dad you can be.
  3. Keep at it! No matter what season of parenting you are in, stay at it. You are in this for the long haul. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. In God’s strength, you can do this!

Happy Father’s Day!