What is a father?
A father is a man who was once a young boy. He might have grown up in a good family, a Christian family, a single parent (most likely mother) family, or no family.
He might have been loved, taught, played with, abused, ridiculed or ignored.
He might have been a single child, a middle child, a baby in the family, a boy with older brothers or sisters, or the oldest firstborn.
He might have played sports, been a book worm, been a loner, or been a troubled child withdrawn from the world.
He might have been small, fat, tall, thin, healthy or sickly.
All of these possibilities and more can contribute to the kind of man he will become, but there is one thing above all else that determines the kind of father he will be – his choices.
A father, a true father, chooses to be there for the woman he loves. He chooses to be there for the birth, the dirty-diaper infancy, the mind-bending days of toddler-hood, the struggles and joys of school, the challenges of teenagers, the financial struggle to get your child through college and the joy, sorrow and worry as you watch your child go into the world on his or her own for the first time.
I’m a father and my life has been composed of pieces of the above and the choices I have made.
The two greatest choices I made that make me the father I am today are (1) choosing to love and marry Betty, and (2) choosing to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
So, to all you other fathers who have walked your own paths to fatherhood, I wish you God’s blessings on your day.