Monday, June 22, 2015

Being a Dad

We spent yesterday honoring fathers, but I wanted to extend it one day, so I could share a couple of things.

What’s it like being a dad? I can’t specifically answer that question, being a mom and grandma, but I’ve seen fatherhood in action. And it’s kind of an awesome force for good in the world.

Have you seen The Skit Guys answer this question?

Imagine a world in which every lonely, confused adult going down the wrong road had had a dad that filled the role—maybe not perfectly, but with love, tenderness, and an unending will for the child’s life to go well. Not all the world’s problems would be solved; people still have free will, so some will just choose badly. But so many more will know what a good choice looks like. The holes in so many children’s hearts would be filled, and ready to pass that love along.

Good fathers make a difference.

Of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to deity, He asked us to address him as Father.—A. Theodore Tuttle
That is from a very good talk on fatherhood, from October 1973. Still true.

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