The Mark of a Dad (pt I).
Being a good Dad is tough! A lot rests on our shoulders, including the future of out Nation! Have you not heard the expression: “As The Family Goes, So Goes The Nation”? This is why I have created a new series called “The Mark of a Dad” to help men fulfill our fatherly roles. So let’s get to it. The first thing I want to discuss is the fact that we must cherish our time with them. Time flies (no matter if you are having fun or not) and soon you will discover that you have no more time left with your kids. So cherish it.
When we adopted our first child, we decided that it was outright important for the child to have a mom and a dad that were there for them. I refused to let my children grow up in a Fatherless Home! My wife quit her job and became a stay at home mother. She is amazing! And I also had to find a job that would allow me some time with the family. I wanted to Be An Effective Dad. Working 80 hours a week as a General Manager at a popular restaurant was not going to work. I wasn’t going to adopt children and not spend time with them or be the father God called me to be. I was working as a General Manager at Cracker Barrel making six figures. The money was great but the lifestyle was tough. Working that many hours a week was taking a toll on my marriage and now with children in the mix, I was not going to allow that. I worked every holiday and every Sunday since it was the busiest day of the week at Cracker Barrel. I did not want to be that dad that one day found out that his son was graduating from high school and wondered what happened? My children needed a dad and I needed to be there for my children. For their soccer games, violin recitals, their birthdays and for major holidays. So I left Cracker Barrel and took a job with Bush’s Chicken as an area manager. I make about half of what I used to make and my wife is not working a paying job so you can just imagine how difficult it is to make ends meet! But the time I am able to spend with my family is of greater value! Being there to watch my oldest son score 6 amazing goals in one soccer game is priceless. Being there to put my three boys to bed every night is wonderful and will be a memory that the boys will treasure for the rest of their lives.
I know What Kind Of Man I am and you need to know that not everyone can do what we have done, but if you can make the adjustments, do it! If not, then cherish the time you are with them because one thing is for sure, time doesn’t stop for anyone and the One thing that will amaze you is how quickly the years will fly. You need to Stay Involved! My oldest son is 8, which means I have 10 short years with him before he leaves the nest. That’s not enough time! The time you have with them is short and precious — make the most of it. Spend as much time as you can with them, and make it quality, loving time. Never underestimate a Father’s Influence on his children! Try to be present as much as possible while you’re with them too — don’t let your mind drift away, as they can sense that.
Finally, make sure your children know how much you cherish the time you spend with them, make it QUALITY TIME WITH DAD and in this way, they will replicate what they know and your grandchildren will benefit from it. Time stops for no one. Can you tell our readers how you cherish your time with the children God has entrusted you with?
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