For all you do.. THIS DAD'S FOR YOU
While each of us have different experiences with our dads.. The illusion of omnipotent dad is exposed.
When I was a little boy.. I believed my dad could do anything. He was the biggest, strongest man I knew. He was amazing! I did not use the word omnipotent back then, but I thought my dad was pretty close to superman. My dad worked hard, then came home to care for his family.
Then the teen years.. where I was maybe not quite as amazed by my dad or enamored with his rules on cleaning my room, curfews, good grades, getting up in the morning, and questioning my 'expert' driving seemed a bit unnecessary. Then when it came to punishments and consequences.. well he was in my humble opinion.. a bit Medieval.
Truth be told his ways were sometimes down right irritating. His personality and actions were now simply very old fashioned, and he talked/ranted at the evening news on TV like they could hear him with opinions that were all his own.
Once I was out of the nest and on my own.. I began to realize again dad was a whole lot smarter than he looked when I was a teen. I began again to appreciate his knowledge, his experiences, and maybe I could learn a thing or two.. or at least borrow his tools . At first there I may have been in denial, but truth be told.. I sorta like the old guy.
Fast forward to TODAY where the circle of life is in action again. My dad has passed away, and now I AM THAT DAD I wrote about above. I have transitioned from SuperDad when my kids were young, to the stage where my kids realized I did not actually have super powers. Now they are all grown up and they see a pretty balanced picture of me as dad.
The reality is.. all dads falls somewhere between omnipotent and a blithering idiot. If your dad loves your mom, then loved and cared for his children (including you) then you are truly BLESSED, and the rest is just details. With this summary in mind.. Let me share a few other Dad Moments in the Back Pew - What's happenin' Dawg? - Provoke Not for Dummies - Fathers who are Referees
and let's not forget.. BIBLE DADS! Let's start with the Old Testament..
Noah and his boys Abraham and Isaac Isaac blessing Esau
Jacob and Joseph Aaron, Nadab & Abihu David & SolomonAlso there was the tough love? demonstrated between Saul & Jonathan
Now on to the New Testament..
Joseph forgets Jesus? JB and Dad and... Satan, the father of lies
When I think about the role of fathers.. aka dad, pops, old man river, etc I have many images that come to mind. Let me finish this page with
the Dad's of my life.
Note: With regards to the Earthly dads in my life they are gone now, but no one can take away the impact they had in my life and the true blessing from God they each were. Wonderful memories of family where faith and family were paramount in our lives. I know not everyone can say that but I am blessed to say I can.
With regards to my Heavenly Father.. No matter if our feelings for our earthly fathers is good or not, OUR Heavenly Father will not disappoint, and we are all a part of His family.
God bless all the dads in our lives for their love and investment in their children.
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