I guess I should explain why my blog has a caption which says, “Thoughts from a Very Thankful Dad”. Short answer: To stay on my kids’ good side!! I mean, have you seen my youngest son? He’s a giant! And my oldest son is making lots of money!! Ha ha.
But now…the longer version: My wife and I are so, so blessed to have been privileged to raise two strong, healthy boys. Our oldest is 24, married, and gone from the nest. Our youngest we’re actually still working on raising…by the grace of God! He’s 15, going on 20. Does anybody know what I mean?
My two sons have had their “moments”, believe me, when they’ve tried ole Dad’s patience. Ohhh, that’s material for a whole other blog post! And they’ve brought upon me the typical scares, pains, worries and tears that a normal rambunctious male child brings his parents.
There have been ups, and there have been downs. There have been times of inexplicable frustration, yet there have been seasons of incomprehensible joy. This child-raising adventure has caused me to lose more hair…and gain more faith than I ever imagined possible! It’s challenged every bit of perseverance within me. Yet through it all, it’s been a most rewarding experience; a heavenly blessing!
To see your son graduate from high school; to see your son make the game-winning basket; to see your son play his guitar and sing before a huge crowd of teenagers and youth pastors; to see your son say his wedding vows and bring a beautiful daughter into your life… no wonder I’m thankful to be a dad! God has blessed me with this indescribable opportunity to share His love and my faith with two of the most awesome boys in the universe, who have grown to trust Christ as Savior, and have become tremendous young men.
Yes, it’s been a bumpy ride, this parenting thing, and I’m sure there will be many more valleys to be faced. But I would not trade this great feeling I have of being a dad for anything in this world! I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, trust me, and hopefully learned a lot of lessons, but God has faithfully honored His Word in Psalm 127:3, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
This is why I’m a very thankful dad!