A Father’s Day Reflection On The Importance Of Being Dad

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Every kid needs a friend.

Someone who will tell him that everything is going to be okay.

Someone who will laugh with her when no one else will.

Someone to waste an entire afternoon with.

Someone to endlessly argue with about sports.

Someone to get in trouble with and hopefully learn with through the consequences of that trouble.

Someone who she can talk to about boys.

Someone to walk next to him as they both try to navigate life together.

Every kid needs a friend.

Every kid also needs a father.

He needs a father to tell him that everything is okay. Unless it isn’t. That’s when he needs a father to lead him and teach him through the adversity.

She needs a father who is relaxed enough to laugh when something is funny and mature enough to respond appropriately when the situation calls for a different reaction.

He needs a father who models and encourages rest but who also teaches that the best rest comes after you have accomplished something.

He needs a father who will play catch with him, not in hopes that it will someday lead to the pros but rather as part of a strategic plan of developing him into a man of integrity.

She needs a father who will not turn a blind or permissive eye to her foolishness but who will wrap her in the fatherly arms of correction and forgiveness.

She needs a father who she can talk to about boys. She needs a father who will be her protector in a world full of predators. She needs a father who will be her standard as she considers the one man who is right for her.

He needs a father who will walk ahead of him, leaving solid footsteps of wisdom, faithfulness, risk and joy for him to follow.

Every kid needs a friend.

And every kid needs a father.

Good fathers will fight hard to see that the two are not confused.

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