Dads are so cool. Not only do they provide for their family and lead their home, but there’s a special love between a father and his child that is unlike anything else.
before I continue any further, this is not a post about societal gender roles. I simply want to communicate my feelings about my husband’s role in raising our children. To each their own, but let me make my point.
i am a firm believer in raising my children to believe that daddy is a hero. I want my kids to be impressed with their father and to want to be like him. I want them to run to him when they’re hurt and to hug him when they’re scared.
It’s truly wonderful to be the mama and to kiss their owies and to rock them to sleep. However, I don’t want to be the only one my kids trust to keep them safe. I want them to run to their daddy’s arms.
I’m not saying I won’t comfort them when they come to me. I’m a snuggler and I fold easily. But I want to encourage my kids to let their dad rescue them.
Here’s my thinking a little deeper. The father-child relationship is the easiest way for us to create an earthly understanding of our Heavenly Father’s love for us. As much as a dad can love and sacrifice for his child, it doesn’t even come close to how much God loves us.
While everyone may not have a great relationship with their dad, I hope they encourage their children’s father or are encouraged to be a Christ-like example of love for their own children.
I want my children to know without a doubt the unconditional love of their daddy but they need to know their Heavenly Father loves them even more than their daddy does.
i want them to know their daddy would sacrifice anything for them but they need to know that centuries ago, their Heavenly Father sacrificed everything for them.
I want them to feel safe in their daddy’s arms but they need to know that God has them in His hands, the safest place of all.
I want them to know their daddy will do his best to always be there for them, but they need to know that only their Heavenly Father will be able to rescue them someday.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God…” I John 3:1
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:9-11