Fatherly Inspiration

Have you watched many sitcoms recently? I’ve noticed a trend in these sitcoms, specifically involving the father figures.

Sitcom dads tend to be lazy, unmotivated screw-ups who can’t be counted on by their families. What a sad commentary on society’s view of fathers. And when we immerse ourselves in these shows, those views can seep into our own thoughts as well.

But the guys in our lives have so much more to offer and we need to celebrate that on a regular basis!

Let me tell you a little about The Hubby…

He has so many admirable and inspirational qualities about him, but I’m just going to focus on one particular example today!

This past January, during his last year of medical school, The Hubby decided he wanted to start living a healthier lifestyle and joined a gym. He went in the first day and ran three miles on the treadmill.

THREE MILES?! Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Now, lots of people join gyms in January as part of their New Year’s Resolutions and lots of people start out strong with their workout routines.

The Hubby was not just another one of those people. He proceeded to workout every single day for the next 126 DAYS. The only thing that interrupted his streak was the flu. He missed one day for that.

By April, he was running his first race – a ten mile race! The boys and I were at the finish line celebrating this huge accomplishment, but the boys were also watching every day as The Hubby put in the time and effort to make himself healthier. And they may not have cared about the weight he was losing, but they saw hard work and perseverance in action.

When The Hubby crossed the finish line of his first half-marathon in May and the boys tackled him with hugs and “Good job Daddy!” cheers, I was once again so thankful to have him as the father to our boys.

In running and many other areas, he has always been an excellent example of hard work, dedication, and follow-through – all qualities I pray our boys will live out as well.

We are also able to take it one step further and talk about how the Bible says…

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~Hebrews 12:1-3

The Hubby gave the boys a tangible example of perseverance that we can apply to Scripture to provide even more inspiration for the kiddos!

I am so thankful for the all of the positive ways The Hubby inspires our children {and me as well!} and I want him to know how much I appreciate him, especially during this month of Father’s Day!

Now, it’s your turn! How does your husband, or any other father figure in your life, provide inspiration for your children? It’s ok to brag on them here in the comments – and tell them as well!

And if you’re looking for a great book to help grow gratitude for Dad in your children, Thank You God for Daddy is an adorable board book from Tommy Nelson that helps your child celebrate all the wonderful ways Daddy is a blessing in his or her life!

Erin Mohring is a follower of Jesus Christ, a doctor’s wife, and stay-at-home mom to three lively young boys. The hubby and Erin have been blissfully married for nine years. Big J is six, Little J is almost four, and Double J just joined the fam in March of 2012! She’s learning quickly about life in the world of boys – which you can follow at Home with the Boys!