As yesterday was Father’s Day, it caused me to reflect on my childhood with my dad. What a time we had!!! I remember him playing basketball with me from a very early age until I started beating him. It wasn’t until I got to be in high school and I was bigger than him at that time. I don’t think there was ever a time that he wasn’t a better shooter than I was. I remember all the trips to basketball games that we would go to, either as an entire family or just me and my dad. We had a connection that was unbelievable because of his love for the game of basketball which he taught me. He even took me along with several of my friends to the state tournament in Austin many years ago. What fun and what great memories.
There were more things that are and were memorable about my dad. One thing that I remember more than many others was the fact that every Sunday morning we would sit around the table as he gave us our allowance and we would each fill out an envelope to pay our tithe for the week. And he made sure we were in church every time the doors were opened. My dad is very faithful to his relationship with God and the church.
As I reflect on that I have had to consider my experiences as a dad. I could tell of all the good things that I have done, yet I’m not sure they are accurate; I guess I would need to ask my children about them. I could tell of my failures, but I do not want to be that transparent to everyone who might be reading this. I will tell you that being a good dad has and is one of the hardest things that I have ever done. It takes a lot of commitment and determination. I t takes a lot of patience and compassion. It also has taken a willingness to listen to my children and to my wife.
Thank you, God for the example that You gave me through my dad…But more importantly thank you for Your example. Dads as we look at what God has done for us, we need to strive to live up to the example that God has given us and teach our children His love and commitment to us.
I pray you had a great Father’s Day. May it be a day that we all work at being better fathers.