Here’s To The Good Dads

June 18, 2012 — 21 Comments

Here’s to the good dads.

The ones who didn’t run away.

The ones who weren’t alcoholics.

The ones who did say ‘I love you.’

The ones who were faithful.

The ones who traded promotions for family time.

The ones who put their family first.

The ones who read bedtime stories.

The ones who gave hugs and kisses.

We constantly mourn the masses of men who fail as fathers. And rightfully so, because the wounds they inflict on their children may never fully heal.

But let’s take a moment today to stand and applaud the men who got it right. The valiant warriors who chose character over convenience. The ones who set an example, even though they may not have had one to follow.

To my dad, and those like him, who fought the good fight of faith on the battlefield of fatherhood, please hear our heartfelt gratitude, and let our applause echo through the chambers of your heart.

Thank you that your children will never know what it’s like to be fatherless. Thank you that they’ll never feel the suffocating pain of abandonment. Thank you that the unique little place in their heart that can only be filled by a father’s love is not empty.

Here’s to the faithful. The providers. The patriarchs of steady love and quiet strength. The ones who made their little girls feel like princesses and their little boys feel like super heroes.

Here’s to the good dads.

[stextbox id="info"]This post was originally published in February, but I thought I’d re-post it in light of yesterday being Father’s Day. [/stextbox]

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Do you have or know a ‘good dad’?

Consider passing this along to them. It might just make their day.

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What’s one of your favorite things about your father? You can comment here.

  • Ronnieebarnard

    I have one of the greatest dads. All through childhood and into adulthood, I really don’t remember hearing or seeing my dad show his love. I knew I was loved. He made so many sacrifices for his family, for which I am grateful. My mom never worked outside the home and was always there for us. He sacrificed that we kids could go to a Christian school. He instilled values that are with me today. thanks , Dad, I love you .

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      That’s a great tribute, Eddie.
      We are truly blessed.

  • http://twitter.com/toddanderica Erica McNeal

    My dad is awesome and was such a great role model for me in so many ways! He was my best friend growing up and his influence in my life, allows me to see God as a loving and relational FATHER, which has been the crux of what allows me to continue to trust Him when bad things happen in my life. In fact, Relevant Magazine online is going to publish an article I wrote soon about this very topic! =)

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      That’s wonderful, Erica. :)
      The greatest thing our earthly father could ever do is introduce us to our Heavenly Father.

      Congratulations on the article! If it’s published online, please send me the link when it comes out!

  • aligrace

    Although my father was not like the dads described in this post, I can look back and see how my Heavenly Father has protected me and nurtured me throughout my life.   “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 kjv
     God has used the experience of divorce and abandonment in my life to give me a determination that my marriage will not end up that way. He has also given me a heart for hurting couples.My uncle, my grandfather and the fathers in my church have been a blessing to me as well. Seeing the concern and protective nature they have with their children warms my heart. God is using them to show me the characteristics I want to look for in a potential husband. So yes, to all the dads who got it right, THANK YOU:)And thank you, Josh, for not waiting until father’s day to post this!

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      I wish everyone could have an amazing dad like me. I have never experienced the abandonment and all that comes with the absence of a good father, but I can only imagine how hurtful it is… :(
      That’s what makes it even more wonderful that we have a perfect, loving, consistent, caring, guiding, gentle, ever-present Father! Like the psalmist said, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” (Psalm 27:10)

  • Donalife180

    Although my dad is not what is described here, I cherish the few valuable moments & lessons that I did learn from him.
    I agree that there is a place in each of our hearts that only a Father’s love can fill. I am blessed to have a Heavenly Father who has done everything He can to be there for me when I needed a Father & for the people He has worked through in every season to be a father figure.
    Love that this is random gratefulness & thankful that my son will be blessed to have a good dad eventhough he has not had one himself. This is dedicated to my dear husband who I know will not rest till he exemplifies our Heavenly Father’s love to our son.

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      It sounds like you and your son are both blessed. :)
      I agree with you… there are not many things more beautiful than a father being for his children what his father was not to him, and giving his children what he didn’t have. That’s what my dad did for me, and I will be eternally grateful.

  • Josh’sdad

    Thank you for your comments in this blog son. 
    Blessed indeed are those who had fathers who were loving, supportive, faithful, spiritual, and……there. Those of us reared by imperfect dads (aren’t we all) have had the recourse of turning our hearts to our Heavenly Father – Who is perfect. You referenced the Psalmist’s great comfort: “When my mother and father forsake me…” This is a promise that God will be there when those assigned the responsibility for us will not, cannot, or are not.
     In the meantime, we earthly parents aspire – at varying levels of success – to  correct the mistakes handed us and provide a home environment that will afford the most helps and fewest obstacles in our children’s lives as we launch them into life with all of its responsibilities and relationships. 
    Something that, hopefully, they will seek to do when it’s their turn. 

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      You are the inspiration for this post.
      You have given me what you (and many others) never had.
      Thanks for being a fatherly reflection of our Father. I can see Him in you. Hopefully, my kids will be able to say the same.
      I love you. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonstolpe Jon Stolpe

     My dad always seems willing to talk and LISTEN.  This is definitely one of my favorite things about my dad.

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Jon, my appreciation for that talent (listening) grows every day. I think it is an overlooked treasure.
      Mere listening is an art, ministry, and comfort.
      I want to be a better listener.

  • zenny casia

    My dad was an awesome father…he was always caring and loving…I dared life for there was no air of fear when he was still around… i could grow as high as i could  reach; i could go as far as i could seek; i could see as deep as i could look and i could dream as i could be, and it was only with him, one of the greatest dads, my father…i love u dad, rest in peace in heaven.

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      What a beautiful tribute to your father, Zenny. I think you were blessed to have him, and he was blessed to have you. :)

  • Jlaudell

    One of your best posts. Thanks!

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Thank you so much!

  • Ryan Russell

    I remember both me and my brother driving better vehicles than my dad. He is that way. Always giving us the best he could and taking something far less for himself. My dad has always been one of my heroes.

    Your dad is a pretty good one also.

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      I love your dad, Ryan. And mine. :)

  • Rinna

    Just stumbled across this. My dad was pretty awesome when I was younger. But later he had an anger problem. Even later he abandoned me when I choose to leave the family religion. Thank goodness my daughter will never know any of that. Her father is dedicated, there to pick her up when she falls, to watch cartoons with her and make stupid fartty jokes, to help her with math and cheer her on in whatever she does. Here’s to the great dad’s! I’m so glad I’m married to one!

    • http://joshuamhood.com Josh Hood

      Thanks, Rinna. I’m glad your daughter has the kind of father you didn’t!

      • Rinna

        Thank you.