“Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes
With Father’s Day upon us, I wanted to write to you as a prospective dad. Chances are you will be celebrating Father’s Day yourself in a short time from now. Your job has already begun. Surprised?
There have been many surveys done where men have been asked to rank their heroes. Often, the top vote-getter is their dad. Mom is also a hero, but she has already had her day. So back to you…
“I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.” — Mario Cuomo
What does this mean to you as a dad-to-be? Simply that the role you are about to fill is one of the most influential roles you will ever have. It doesn’t start when the child is placed in your arms, but long before you even know who that child will be.
Your future daughter will look to you as a needed role model to help her in choosing the right boys to date and the type of man she will marry. Your future son will imitate your actions as their father, watching your every move and response for guidance to help mold him into the man he will become.
Clarence Budington Kelland was quoted as saying “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” What will your children observe from you?
Yes, you will become an important inspiration to your children. Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? I hope not. Truly, it is a huge responsibility but remembering that God is on your side to inspire you and guide you, as you become the father and husband He wants you to be.
Father’s Day is a good time to think and pray about your strengths along with areas of improvements you may have. The Lord will soon guide you to your children who will carry on your name and look to you for guidance as they trust their little lives in your big hands. You will become an instrument God uses in your their lives.
You can become the best father and role model by making God your teacher, the ruler on whose authority everything you do is based. As a father, one of your first responsibilities will be to acquaint your children with Scripture and love and kindness for their mother.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Will you start today to become the hero they are looking for? The habits you are developing today will become the qualities in building that hero in their lives. Never give up and never forget the important role you will soon be playing for a lifetime in your child’s life. When in doubt, turn to Him for direction. My prayer for you, dear fathers of these blessed children, is one of strength, faith, and steadfastness in your journey to become Godly fathers.
God bless you and know we are praying for you and your adoption,