Monday, August 15, 2011

What Makes a Dad

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, The depth of a family's need,

Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it ... Dad

~Author Unknown~

Pretty high praise for a dad here! And I like it! I don't know if we are always that deserving of the praise provided here, but for those dads who ...

- place a priority on the home

- work hard to not let work encroach upon family functions

- honor their sons as young men

- honor their daughters as young ladies

- honor their wives as best friends, lovers, life partners, one flesh

- honor God above all ...

this praise may be fitting.

The bad fathering we see done, and the generational problems that ensue, might cause us to question the wisdom of the above poem. But when we see a dad playing ball with his kids, catching them at the bottom of the slide, carrying them around on his shoulders, and walking into the worship assembly with them, we know a masterpiece is still possible.

Warren Baldwin

(Note: Photo compliments of Amy Free Photography


Sonya Lee Thompson said...

Great post, Warren! My husband would be a masterpiece dad - as would my own earthly dad.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i could see my dad in those qualities. he was a masterpiece in MY eyes! i also am blessed with a great husband who gave my girls a great dad while growing up and even now as they are grown!