As I’m writing now, celebrating two months of fatherhood, with little Justus sitting next to me and talking away, I can say that I absolutely love being a dad. It’s so exciting to see a little person growing up in front of my eyes. I’m excited for the role I will play in his life.
Yet, maybe, just as much, I’m excited for the role that he will play in my life.
Becoming a father has changed a lot of things in life. Mostly, it has changed them for the better. It’s challenged me to be more intentional with my time, with my decisions, with my energy.
It’s forced me to be more intentional about caring for my wife and taking care of the issues around us. It’s not just me that it affects. It’s not just my wife, a grown adult, who, though looking to me for leadership, is fully capable of caring for herself, but a baby who is entirely dependent on our care.
I can’t say that I’ve responded well to all of these adjustments. It is causing me to grow though. I’ve been incredibly blessed with a wife who is an incredible mother. Also, I’ve been blessed with a son who has been extremely flexible and relatively easy.
Even so – I know that I long to be a dad who is a picture of loving leadership to my son. He is watching me.
For Father’s Day, I was given an awesome reminder of the responsibility that I have in being a father.
It came in an incredible picture of little Justus and the words of Rodney Atkins.
In the lead-up to Father’s Day this past weekend, there was some insightful commentary on the role of Father’s in American culture today.
I’ll not comment extensively on it, but I’ll include the links below.
The fundamental conclusion:
This is a statement of massive importance.
Here are some links for further reflection on fathers. Also, be on the lookout for a review of John Fuller’s “First Time Dad” – coming soon.
John Stonestreet: The Good Dad http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/breakpoint-commentaries-archive/entry/13/25378
Eric Metaxas: What it Means to be a Man http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/breakpoint-commentaries-archive/entry/13/25389
Albert Mohler: Father’s Day Demonstrates Cultural Confusion http://www.albertmohler.com/2014/06/16/the-briefing-06-16-14/
Janice Shaw Crouse: New Research Reminds Us Why Fathers Matter http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/12/crouse-whats-different-about-dads/