Friday, June 14, 2013

Can a Dad Have Growth Spurts?

My middle son, Mac, turns 14 this weekend. During the last two months, it seems like he has hit a growth spurt that is obvious from one day to the next. At dinner last night, we were talking about how Mac is growing and changing so quickly, when Peyton (our youngest son, age 9), looked at me and said, “Dad you are changing, too.” I looked at Peyton and asked him how, or in what ways, I was changing, and then I held my breath for his answer.

In those few seconds between question and answer, my mind raced. I easily thought of all the ways I wish I had changed, but haven’t. I thought of other areas where I was doing well (but things have changed) and hoped he hadn’t noticed. I found myself becoming increasingly nervous to hear his answer. I began to wonder – do they really know my thoughts…the things I struggle with…the things I long for? What seemed like days, in all likelihood, was a matter of seconds. By this time, Peyton had captured the attention of the entire table and we all were waiting for his answer of “how dad had changed.”

Then, Peyton gave his answer…“Your face and hair have changed a lot.”

As a dad, I long to grow in God’s Favor on my life and my family, from year to year. I would love to find myself in the midst of a “growth spurt” when it comes to fatherhood!

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. I’m going to dig deeper than hair styles or body shapes, as we attempt to discover the Biblical key to being an “All Pro Dad.” The Best News of all…each and every one of us dads is capable of being an “All Pro Dad!”

See you this weekend,

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