Happy Father’s Day! The Bible is full of stories of fathers. Here’s a quick look at the example they left for us:
1. Adam was the first father … and he screwed up the whole universe for his kids.
2. Noah was a righteous man … with a drinking problem.
3. Abraham modeled faithfulness … and lied a lot.
4. Jacob gave birth to a nation … and deceived his own father, stole from his uncle and played favorites with his kids.
And that’s just the first book of the Bible.
My point? Dads are just people. People are broken. And people are beautiful.
If you are a dad today know that you don’t have to be perfect. You can’t be. You can always love though. You can ask your kids to understand that you are figuring it all out as you go along. You can ask for forgiveness.
If you have a father try to remember that you didn’t come with an instruction manual. Most of us are doing our best. The one thing many dads want today more than anything else is to know that their kids understand that.
Love isn’t being perfect. It’s being present.
Happy Father’s Day.
Photo (Flickr CC) by Dan Rocha