A man of toys… here seen fighting over
a toy with the boy who one day would do Toybox Tales.
But the greatest award: World’s Greatest Dad.Yes, I had a great dad growing up. Not a perfect dad, but I had something better… a REAL dad.
A dad who made time for me.
A dad who sometimes helped me and other times let me learn the hard way, and always seemed to know which would be the better teacher.
A dad who sometimes went before me, other times backed me up, but always was there for me whenever I needed him.
A dad who challenged me, complimented me, or critisized me (lovingly) whichever would help me be a better man someday.
A dad who admitted his own faults before pointing out mine.
A dad who put his wife and kids above his own needs and interests… even suggesting eating at McDonald’s (which he hated, but mom and kids loved).
A dad who sometimes bought me toys, but more often helped me build my own.
A dad who sometimes gave me what I needed, but other times helped me work and save to get it myself.
A dad who knew when to give advice, and when to wait until I asked, which I often did as a result.
A dad who would sometimes go fight a battle for me, and other times coach me on the best response, whether it was to fight back or respond with a gentle answer, depending on the situation.
A dad who not only told me how to live for God, but modeled it… not in perfection, but in ever striving, ever learning, ever being a disciple in process.
A dad who never pretended to have arrived, but instead was simply real. I could never imitate a perfect dad or live up to a perfect dads expectations… but a real dad? That’s something I can hope to be too, now that I am a father myself, this first Father’s Day as a dad.
So, for all the walks, talks, camping trips, lectures, vacations, discipline, bedtime stories, laughter and fun dad…. THANKS!
Here is the first Father’s Day video I made as a father for our worship service on Father’s Day 2006.
UPDATE: Now on YouTube:
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Yes, that’s me and my dad in the boat, and my sister peeking over behind us.
(17MB, Reqires free QuickTime)