Guest Post by Steve Blackston of Husband of a Homeschooling Mom
Growing up we look at our dads as a hero in our life. I know it seemed as though my dad could do anything! He could fix toys, patch me up and drown a worm better than anyone else. There was one time that still sticks in my head. I remember being around 5 or so, my dad was sitting on the front porch of our house and it was a hot summer day. I was running around in the yard. I looked up at him and said, “Watch me run daddy” and I ran with all I had in me ’til the green paint on our house was a blur. Then the words that I loved to hear so much came from him. “Wow! You sure are fast!” To most people that may not seem like a lot, but to a kid, they were big. They were words of praise, words of acknowledgement, words of understanding and love. Words that no matter how old you get or what you do in life, we all want to hear from our dads.
As kids get older, the hero they knew is still there, but they start seeing some of our faults. They see us stumble with anger, finances, our words and more. But this is where we can really show the true superhero side. Even though we as dads may stumble in life, we have to see our faults and correct them. When we correct them, we need to let our kids know what we are doing and why. You know, that hard part of being honest with our kids, even if we don’t look so good in doing it. However, when we do, we are teaching our kids a huge lesson and an important lesson in life of being truthful with ourselves and God.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 -(HCSB)
9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
There was only one man who ever lived on this earth that was perfect, his name was Jesus. Since I am not him, I can tell you that I have messed up a time or seventeen by boldly and blatantly showing my faults in front of my kids. And many times I have to go back to my kids and explain what I did was wrong and how I should have handled a situation. I have shown my weakness to my kids and they loved me more. So dads out there, be real with your kids, not just today but everyday.One last thing. If you want to see the tough super hero dad crumble just a little? The next time your with your dad, grab him and give him a hug and let him know that you love him and appreciate him just for being your dad.