On Father's Day: *
1 in 3 homes dont have a father in them. The children in these homes are significantly more likely to experience abuse, neglect, poverty, obesity, drug abuse, incarceration, teen pregnancy, and mental/behavioral disorders. The importance of dads cannot be overstated. Too often we see the roles of fathers and especially men diminished, considered uneccessary, or even toxic. *
My family history was a mess, a story of drugs, abuse, and violence...most of which was the result of poor choices my father made. To his credit, in the midst of all that chaos he somehow managed to hold a blended family together until his death. More importantly, despite his flaws, he was present and I knew that he loved me and he had my best interests at heart. Because I knew this, I graded on a curve...I didnt hold his mistakes against him. *
I reflect now about how different a life my kids have...no drugs, no abuse, no violence. It strikes me how much of a difference we can make in a single generation by submitting to God, loving the right woman, and choosing to love, grow, and endure. I am confident in God's ability to keep me as a man, husband, father, and disciple...empowering me to live a life that glorifies Him and leaves a legacy for generations to come. *
Godspeed gents, and long live the Patriarchs!