It’s been said that anyone can be a father, but not every father chooses to be a dad. I’ve been a dad for almost 15 years. I’ve been blessed to have a dad all my life. I’m not sure this qualifies me to write the following words. However, with Father’s Day right around the corner I feel inspired to share some things I’ve learned from my dad and being a dad myself.
#1 A Real Dad takes his role seriously. There is so much talk about dads missing in action. But, let’s thank God for all the dads who do their best to protect, provide, and guide their children day by day. Dads can’t replace moms, but moms can’t replace dads either. Time has proven that dads really matter and play a critical role in shaping the next generation for good or bad. Real dads seek to do their part.
#2: A Real Dad makes time for his kids. If you’re too busy to spend time with your family, then you’re too busy. Real dads understand that time spells love. Real dads show their kids they care, tell them they are proud, and are right by their side every step of the way. Real dads understand their presence in a child’s life is critical to their parenting.
#3: A Real Dad practices what he preaches. Nothing kills a parent’s credibility more than when he or she communicates hypocritically to their children. A real dad understands that integrity is everything. Your kids may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do. Real dads teach by example, not by barking orders.
#4: A Real Dad is never off duty. A real dad is much like a real mom. He never quits loving, never quits teaching, and never quits seeking to do his God-given best. His son or daughter can call him anytime. He may not have all the answers, but his arms are always open. A real dad never makes excuses, but seizes the opportunities before him. Real dads go the extra mile and are there when they are needed most.
#5: A Real Dad Stays On His Knees. There is no such thing as a self-made man. The only thing that holds us together, keeps us going, or makes us competent is help from above. A real dad turns things over daily to his Heavenly Father. He prays God’s will be done in his life and his family’s life. A real dad knows that apart from Jesus Christ he can do nothing. He can’t provide, he can’t protect, and he can’t make his children do anything. A real dad’s knees stay dirty and his faith must remain strong if He is to stay the course.