Good daddies are priceless, are they not? I feel very blessed to have known many of them in my forty years. From my Papa, to uncles, to my own daddy, to my brother and brother-in-laws, to friends, and of course, to my husband, who is truly an amazing dad. I hope all daddies feel especially loved and appreciated today.
But what is it that makes a good daddy? Will certainly adores our sons, and they are nuts about him. They hold him in very high esteem. He sets high expectations for them with regard to working hard, using good manners, and always showing respect. Yet he is also a blast to be with. He is interesting, inspiring and very funny. Will constantly tells our boys how much he loves them, and he spends a ton of time just hanging out with them. Playing in the yard, reading on the couch, or watching some sporting event on TV (right now with Euro 2012 going on that translates to a LOT of soccer, but thankfully the Olympics are coming).
All of these things are wonderful, but the most important thing that Will does as a daddy is to embrace, model and teach a biblical worldview to our boys. He sits down and reads the children’s Bible pictured above with them regularly (Will had this Bible when he was a little boy and the index of stories has little check marks next to them — evidently he was born a list-making-checker-offer).
Will talks to the boys about why we would want to use the gifts that God has given us, why we want to be people of character, why we are called to be generous and prayerful and forgiving. We have not arrived as parents; we do not have this thing down. Mistakes are made every single day. But today is a day to show appreciation. And I so appreciate that my husband is a good daddy who lives by, models and teaches a biblical worldview.
Deuteronomy 6: 6-8 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
Happy Father’s Day, Will Jackson! Thank you for being such a fantastic daddy!