If you’re a man or a dad, this one’s for you. If you know a man or a dad, this one’s for you too. Pass it on. This holiday season, give the greatest gift of all — be a great father. It’s the gift that truly keeps on giving for the entire year and beyond.
Here’s to all fathers (now and in the future): have the greatest holiday season ever.
Your legacy (listen to what I say)…your legacy, how you will be known for the rest of your life and for the rest of mankind, will lie in your role as a father. You came into this world with nothing and you will go out with nothing…dust to dust. But your children will carry your legacy forward to their children, and their children’s children, and their children’s children’s children, and so on and so forth until the earth is no more. Your name as “father” will be carried forward across miles, mountains and generations to come.
Given what I just said, is there anything more important than fatherhood? Can you give a better gift than being a great dad? What accomplishment of yours will ever be more impactful? The answer is none.
You have a chance, from this day forward, to be a “generation changer.” Whatever has happened is behind you. But now, now in the presence of God and everyone, you have a chance to ensure that your good name and your family bloodlines are forever strengthened. All because you have rededicated yourself to being a great father. Your choice will be admired and emulated for generations to come. The family tree will be full of those who want to be just like you because of your choice to provide a positive example. Now that’s a gift.
So much can be taken away from you, but never can your status as a father be relinquished. It’s the most important role you will ever play, and it is yours for life and for generations to come. You will be forever known as your children’s father, and for generations to come, they will hear your instruction and seek your understanding.
The truly golden moments in your life will be about the time, love and peace that you will provide for your children. They will know you as a man who protected and provided, as a man who loved unconditionally. Your children will grow up knowing that you encouraged and empowered them.
Of all the words you will speak, your words of encouragement will matter most of all. Their faces will beam because of your support. But truly, gentlemen — the brightest and the most glorious of the moments you will ever experience is the joy on the faces of your children when they know that you reached out and reached back to bring them with you.
I will leave you with this: Every day I wake up, I thank God for waking me, I thank Him for my wife and I thank Him for my children. If there is one thing I know, it’s that to be a father is a blessing. Then, and only then, are you complete.