My dad has always been someone who was supportive of what my brother and I wanted to do. The two of us boys always looked up to him and loved hanging around him. He was strict when he needed to be, disciplining us in the Word of God. But he was also fun when he needed to be; we loved being around him. There hasn’t been many, if any, times in my life that there was a lot of tension between my and my dad.
Today I consider my dad to be one of my greatest friends. He’s also someone who I often go to for advice, whether that be in my career, life goals, or in my faith in Christ. My dad’s character and life is deeply rooted in the Word of God; this has been evident throughout his life and is demonstrated specifically in how he leads his family.
I see Christ represented in my dad in so many ways. One of the biggest gifts that my dad has given me is how he has always demonstrated to me a very good picture of how our heavenly Father loves and cares for us. Not only that, my dad is a disciplined and honest man who works hard in whatever he does. He sees what needs to happen and what he needs to do in a situation and he does it. And when he doesn’t do it right, he recognizes that and seeks to make it right so that he may honor and glorify the Lord in the process.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” -Proverbs 3:11-12
My parents have always been, and still are, a huge part of my life. I talk to them frequently, whether we are just checking in with each other or going deep about life issues and concerns. My communication with my father is really important to me because I know that he has so much advice and love to offer that I want to learn from.
My dad was always providing for and meeting our needs of me and my family, but more than that, he was always there to be with us. A lot of my favorite memories with my dad are from my days playing little league ball. My dad was always there for me, whether he was coaching or just helping out me and my teammates. Even when I went on to play college ball, he was still there for me. Living and working in China at the time with my mom, I remember him flying home for just a few days to see me pitch in a game. It’s not that we necessarily had crazy conversations or deep moments during these visits but the fact that he was there for me meant so much. My dad has sacrificed so much for us and I don’t take that for granted.
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