by Gray Graham
Fathers are so very important to us. They are the foundation our lives are built upon. They are our first heroes. They represent what we believe is possible in this world. Fathers are there for us when we need them the most.
Fathers teach us about life. They show us all the things we need to know about the world from how to stand up, how to walk, how to protect ourselves, and how to gather food. They show us out to reach beyond what we think we are capable of doing. They teach us how to stand on our own.
Even though they teach us a lot, they don’t always give us all the answers. Most of the time they let us figure things out on our own. Fathers spend a lot of time telling you everything that is going to happen but if you choose to do something else they are going to let you and learn how things work yourself. No matter what happens your father is going to be there for you to pick you back up if need be.
Fathers spend a lot of time alone; reflecting, thinking, and planning. They want to make sure they do everything they can to provide for their families. They always have a plan no matter what life throws at them. No matter what it takes they want to make sure that their family is protected.
Sometimes that means that a father might carry a burden so you don’t have to carry it. He doesn’t want you to suffer not one little bit if it can be helped. That’s probably why father’s spend so much time telling us stories and sharing their thoughts on everything whether we want them to or not.
Fathers come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. There isn’t a one size fits all father. Some fathers are hands on they teach by doing. So fathers are scholars, they teach by reading and having you read and research things they believe are important to you. Some fathers are jolly. They want to make sure you are always laughing without a care in the world. Some fathers want to make sure you know the difference between right and wrong. They never want you to make a mistake that will hurt you so they always want to protect you.
Being a father is one of the most important things for a man right there with being a husband. The same love you have for your wife is the love you pass on to your children. You take the job seriously because you have been entrusted by God to bring other people into this world and take care of them no matter what. It is not an easy task but it isn’t one that you would trade for anything in the world.
It doesn’t matter what you called the man in your life that loves and supports you: Father, daddy, dad, poppa, pa, papa, pappy, papi, etc; you are thankful to God that you have him in your life. A man’s love for his children is something that is strong. It fills you with the energy you need to go through life’s ups and downs.
We are so thankful to our fathers for supporting our families and communities giving us all the love and support we need to be joyful and happy in life. God bless father’s everywhere.
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