On this Father’s Day I wanted to give you a gift that’s different and special, one that would be meaningful to you. However, nothing I could think of and no idea seemed special enough. So I decided that the most precious gift I could give you is a gift from my heart.
I know I don’t talk with you as often as I should and I know I don’t tell you enough how much you mean to me. I love you Dad and there are so many reasons why…
You showed me that no matter what has happened in your past, you can overcome, because of faith and trust in Christ. You could have easily given up after such abuse from your own mother, but you didn’t. You could have easily became the same way like so many others do, but you didn’t… because of this, I know that I too can overcome anything because of Christ who lives in me.
You showed me what good work ethic is, and what caring and providing for your family entails… the planning and sacrificing… the scrimping and saving so that we were taken care of and had everything we needed.
You showed me what a Godly marriage looks like in your faithfulness, your forgiveness, your love and adoration of mom, your care for her in helping her, not because you have to, but because you love her enough to.
You showed me what loving correction is, even though I didn’t understand it at the time, I surely understand it now that I have a child of my own. It truly did hurt you more than it hurt me.
You showed me the value of family and how important it is to take the time to sit down at the dinner table together and have real conversations because family cares about each other enough to want to know what’s going on in their day and their life.
You showed me the value in spending quality time individually with us, with special memories created that will always have a lasting impression that no one can take away.
All of these and more is what makes you more than a father, but a dad. Not just any dad, but one who is loved much and appreciated beyond what words can ever say. The measure of which only God can determine.
So thank you Dad, for skipping through the rain, for the Giant football games, for the camping trips, for the card games, for the rebounding and for so much more… for your much needed advice, brutal honesty and your loving care and concern. All of which are true representations of what it means to love God and live out your life in Him as an example for me and for others… to follow.
I wish you a wonderful Father’s Day and pray that I make your name proud, living up to the expectations that you have for me. I pray that I too am a Godly example as you have shown me how to be.
With all my love and all my heart.