Justin Brackett is up next in By Dads For Dads. I’ve gotten to know Justin really well over the last year. We have so much in common, I knew from the start, a great friendship would develop. We finally met in person at CES in January. He is a quality guy and passionate about his family and 2 kids. You can find Justin on Twitter at @justinthesouth. You can also find him at Social Village, Develop Socially, and Abiah!
A few weeks ago there was a story about a career day at a middle school on local TV . Near the end of the story, the crew found a young boy to ask the question of the hour: “So, when you grow up what do you want to do?” The boy without hesitation said “A state highway patrol man.”
In that moment your heart can’t help but swell with pride and joy that this young guy at such a young age know without a doubt what his calling was.
It’s the term describing absent fathers- those who are physically or even mentally present.
You can even look at the news headlines- there are tragic stories of parents choosing Farmville or Facebook over caring for their children. It doesn’t have to be that extreme to impact your child’s life. Are we living our love for our children? Are we showing them in action that we are passionate about their growth and place in this world?
What would a generation look like if a handful of us fathers banded together to make a commitment to have healthy boundaries and priorities? To choose to love and protect our kids before that task or job or email or app or device… to give our children the attention they deserve. Do we trust God enough to allow Him to align our priorities? What legacy are you leaving in your children? Is it distracted, impatient, diluted, unhappy? Or is it focused, honorable, loving, generous?
Are we willing to become Fathers and men by living with character and leading our families? Are we courageous enough to shatter the status quo of being busy with intentional living and leading? If we do, and are present and listen, it will be one of the most gracious acts of love we can give anyone, especially our children. Are we willing to sacrifice that email, blog comment, retweet, traffic to our site for the love of our children? Does any of that really matter in comparison to our future and legacy?
The way we love our children is the purest form of discipleship. Today, I put down my phone, close my laptop, and press the big ignore button, nothing matters more than my kids. Today I choose love. Who is with me?