As Father’s Day draws near, we often reflect on those men in our lives who have shown us what it truly means to be a father. They have become our heroes, our leaders, and living examples of sacrifice and love.
Dads are superheroes in the eyes of their children (and many times their wives), stronger than any adversary and braver than the fictional monsters under our beds. These men are also the first example of God’s fatherly love to their wee ones.
When I think of these real life superheroes, my mind instantly brings up an image of my husband, Jeremy. He is an unlikely superhero, but the perfect example of the power of Christ in a father’s life.
When a child is born, a father is born. In my husband’s life, that father was never there. To this day, he remains unnamed and unknown. On the day our first child was born, Jeremy, a fairly new believer, couldn’t look to his earthly father for advice or support for the journey that lay before him.
He hadn’t lived a life that was full of examples of godly men to learn from. He didn’t have memories of a selfless man with unconditional love for his children to motivate him. He had no idea what burden of responsibility and road of hard work awaited him.
But he did know the Lord, the one who could show him what the love of a father looked and felt like.
“The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.” Proverbs 23:24
Jeremy could have used his lack of a father as an excuse to do a halfway job of raising our four children. But he chose to forge ahead and strive daily to lead them and raise them for God’s glory.
In a recent sermon Jeremy preached at our church, he said one of his biggest life goals was to raise four champions for Christ. In the years since our first child was born, he has set out to do just that.
He has poured over his Bible and prayed…and the Lord has shown him the way. He has shown him with songs and scripture. He has shown him with examples of godly fathers and men He brought into Jeremy’s life. His Heavenly Father has always been right by his side, cheering him on, and guiding him.
A day never passes that our children don’t hear an “I love you” from their dad. He amazes me. He manages to find the perfect balance between discipline and laughter. Each night, we come together as a family as he leads us in a nightly devotion.
After a prayer, each child waits their turn to perform their special secret handshake with him often filled with laughter and crazy antics. It’s priceless to watch. Jeremy recently earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, right alongside two of our children.
Our thirteen year old daughter’s Instagram account is full of selfies with her dad, and his Appalachain Trail trips with our nine year old son have changed both of their lives. He inspires me to be a better mom, giving all of himself on a daily basis to his family. He’s our own personal superhero.
If you ask him how he does it, he’ll say, “I just love them, and let God show me the rest.”
Maybe it really is that simple.
I’m sure it’s exhausting to be the kind of father my husband strives to be, but you would never know it by watching him. I’m thankful that when he didn’t have someone to show him how to be a strong father and spiritual leader for his children, that he looked to the Lord for the strength and guidance he needed. Over the past thirteen years, I have watched a man with no earthly father, become the best daddy I’ve ever known.
What makes your dad (or husband) the best daddy ever?
Angie Knutson: Angie is a Christian freelance writer and homeschooling mom of four active children ranging in age from 5 to 13. She’s been married to her husband, Jeremy, for fifteen years as they’ve learned to live God’s way, and grown together in His love. Angie has recently left the world of diaper bags and babies, and is cautiously approaching life with teens. She blogs about faith and family at www.AngieKnutson.com
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