by Carey Casey
Dad, you know it’s Father’s Day on Sunday. And for this week’s blog, I was thinking: What profound thought can I share with dads to inspire and equip them?
Then another thought came: here at the National Center for Fathering, it’s almost like Father’s Day every day. (We actually had a father-training program by that name many years ago.)
I believe that thought is a good one for dads: every day can be like Father’s Day for you. I’m not encouraging you to ask for gifts and special treatment every day. Instead, I want to challenge you to take whatever positive thoughts and motivations come to you on Father’s Day, and renew them every day.
So often, I’ve found that deep things are found in the simple. The basic things can become life-changing when we do them right—when we really make those things a priority and work to do our best every day. Fatherhood is no different.
One simple, “deep” thought that keeps me going is the awesome privilege that it is to be a dad and granddad. I try to soak up every minute I get to spend with my teenage son, my three grown children, and my eight grandchildren (and it could be nine by the time you read this).
Are there challenges and hard times? Of course. But I really try to turn the atmosphere positive with my family and be a force for good things in their lives.
So, enjoy the good feelings you have about being a father this weekend. Be in awe about the privilege and responsibility that comes with being a dad. Then, step up and do your best in that role. Your kids need you, and you’re uniquely called and equipped to be their dad.
My challenge for you is to make a simple but life-changing commitment to do your best for your children every day.
It isn’t rocket science, but these daily commitments are not easy either. And being a good dad is one of the most important threads that runs through many different challenging issues in our country. If we can all get fatherhood right—loving, coaching, and modeling for our children, encouraging another child, and then enlisting more dads to join the team—together we can help solve a lot of social evils.
I know many dads are struggling to overcome a painful past. And a lot of other guys are hampered by distance from their kids and hostility with their kids’ mother. Those are very real challenges that I can’t say I fully understand.
Still, I hope you will hold in mind the privilege that it is to be Daddy to your children. In some cases, doing your best for them might take all the courage and strength you have. But you can do it. They are worth it!
One final note: It’s also a great privilege for me to lead this great organization, the National Center for Fathering. If you appreciate the tips and encouragement you receive for your fathering, this Father’s Day would be a great time to support our work with dads. You can make a gift right here.
What is the “deep thought” that helps you stay motivated as a dad? Please encourage me and other dads by telling about it either below or on our Facebook page. Also, share that with another dad you know who might be struggling.
Carey Casey is the CEO of the National Center for Fathering, a nonprofit organization seeking toimprove the lives of children and establish a positive fathering and family legacy that will impact future generations by inspiring and equipping fathers and father figures to be actively engaged in the life of every child. We encourage you to help us change the culture of fathering in America by joining the Championship Fathering Team. You can also sign up for Carey’s weekly email tips by clicking here: “Yes! I want tips on how to be a great dad who lives out loving, coaching and modeling for my children.
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