I think this picture alone proves that my dad wins the “best daddy in the world” award.
My dad is an incredible man of God. To me, he is the greatest human example of faithfulness, goodness, love, kindness, gentleness, peace, patience, self-control, joy. He is a man so filled with the Holy Spirit and willing to follow where the Lord leads him. He lives a life of excellence and helps call others to do the same, not simply because it’s the right thing to do but because it’s the way to thrive and find freedom and healing.
I used to be jealous that I had to share my dad with others. I used to console myself during my pity parties that even if he was Father Jim to lots of people at least to me he was daddy. Now I am so grateful that so many people get to experience his wisdom and brilliance – two things God has given him (and taught him) in abundance. I especially think of those who do not have a good father figure who points them to Jesus and I’m so thankful that my dad can be that for them! It’s taken a lot of work to get to that point but now I love sharing my dad with those in the church and I’m so proud to be his daughter!
When I was a little girl sitting in Sunday school we were asked to describe what we thought God looked like. A few minutes later we were asked to draw what we had described. I did not have much talent for drawing, still don’t I might add, but when I described what God looked like I was describing my daddy and my drawing of God looked a lot like the drawings of my dad.
I do not spend much time imagining how God looks now that I’m an adult. Maybe I have lost some of my childlike wonder and curiosity. However, to this day in my mind He and my daddy have the same eyes – a rich, wonderful gray blue with a deep kindness to them.
Looking back on this as an adult I realize how exceedingly lucky I am! I have a dad who constantly points me to Jesus. An incredible example of faith, unconditional love, and faithfulness. To some what I’m saying may sound blasphemous, and I do not intend it that way. I’m aware that my dad is human and not God, don’t worry. But I do think that God has used him so many times in my life to show me how God loves me. The twinkle of pride in my dad’s eye when he sees my sisters and I doing what we love, the joy that fills his face when he is surrounded by his family. I know that he is reflecting the pride and joy that God feels towards me when I am living into my potential and where He is calling me to be. My dad has always been slow to anger and quick to love. He has learned what it means to be the leader described in 1 Timothy 3 and he is a strong example to everyone around him.
I’m so grateful for all that I have learned and am currently learning from my daddy! How to make people laugh, how to listen, how important quiet times are, how important it is to stop and play – even as an adult, how important it is to be physically active, how important it is to be constantly be learning, how important it is do all things with excellence, that nothing is worth doing unless it’s worth improving. But most importantly I’ve learned what it means to be a follower of Christ, and this is the greatest gift any daddy can give to his little girl.
I love you Daddy! Happy Father’s day!