The Greatest Example of All

A single mother had raised a son who was about to become a dad. Since he had no recollection of his own father, she wondered “What do I tell him a father does?”

If I had to tell someone’s son what a father really does that is important, it would be that he shows up for the job in good times and bad times. He’s a man who is constantly being observed by his children. They learn from him how to handle adversity, anger, disappointment, and success.

He won’t laugh at their dreams no matter how impossible they might seem. He will get out at 1 a.m. when one of his children runs out of gas. He will make unpopular decisions and stand by them. When he is wrong and makes a mistake, he will admit it.

He sets the tone for how family members treat one another, members of the opposite sex, and people who are different than they are. By example, he can instill a desire to give something back to the community when its needs are greater than theirs.

But mostly, a good father involves himself in his kids’ lives and sets them the best example he can of the greatest father of all. A father has the potential to be a powerful force in the life of a child, an opportunity too important to pass up!


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