I've been collecting my thoughts about you, you being the most important father (and person) in my life. You're not MY father, you're my main man. But I'm a star witness to you being Dad to the three runners up for most important people in my life.
For Father's Day this year I'm giving you something different. It's not another sappy love post or one that boasts how proud I am of you. (Though I am proud). I'm giving you a gift that keeps on giving.
I'm giving you a promise; one that I'll likely fail at. But it's a promise I'll renew daily, just like commitments should be.
It came tumbling over me, in my thinking, just how weighty your job as a father and as a man is.
You're called to lead our flock. We look to you to financially and emotionally support us. I know how exhausting that job is. We expect you, after working long (often stressful) hours at work, to come home with energy to entertain us...or guide us.....or both.
We want you to joke when we want you to joke and to be able to discern when your joking isn't called for. We call on you to be the settler of disputes. I ask you to support me in my parenting, requesting clean up on aisle five after a mess has been made by my "moody momming".
We need you to be concerned about our day when concern for countless others takes up residence in your mind.
I lose my own keys enough without being accountable for another important set of keys.
You have that responsibility though. You've got a big set of keys in this calling you've been given.
I promise to remember that.
You're answerable to many, namely three (most of the time) darlings.
Here's what else I promise.
I promise to reconsider the keys on my own keyring, ridding it of the ones that weigh it down. Because too often I ask you to carry those keys that we don't even need. I'll learn better to say no to things leaving room for better things for us.
I promise to guard the keys that I do have, protecting our time together at home and at the table.
We expect unwavering strength in you. We need your unshakable love and commitment.
I promise to pray that God would give the measure you need of each.
I'll remember to remain in prayer for you, calling out to the one who makes the rough places smooth, The Keeper of the Keys.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
Remind me when I forget.