When I think of what it means to be a dad, I think of a jolly father who says, "Come, come and sit on my lap. My boy, what did you do today? Did you make a mistake today? How did that go? What did you learn from that?"
[That dad] is a reflection of how I see our heavenly Father. Someone who's always there, always glad to see you, always glad to share a belly laugh. That father can be stern, but always in a loving way—never harsh, never cutting. Even when his kids know they've blown it, he fosters a relationship where his children can tell him anything. Consequences may come, even punishment. But in the midst of all that, he would never speak to them out of condemnation. His children would feel comfortable and safe speaking to him, no matter what they had done.
Is that an easy relationship dynamic to master? Hardly. Every one of us falls short. But it's an ideal we should strive for every day. Fatherhood is about being engaged with your kids, talking with them, wrestling with them, holding them when they need to be held. It's wanting to be there for the first step and all the steps thereafter.
Heavenly Father, my children truly are gift s from you. Forgive me for those times I've neglected these precious gifts in my pursuit of other things. Help me to begin each day with a desire to be a good dad.
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