June 14, 2012
As I was working on the message at a certain coffee shop, a dad came in with his little girl, ordered a couple of drinks, and sat down and drank them. Soon the little girl was saying, "Look Daddy! Look!" She went on to say, "Look Daddy! Look!" about a dozen times or more. She would point to everything, from signs on the wall, to books in a box, to things outside, to her shoes, so on and etcetera, and would say fairly loudly, "Look Daddy! Look!"
Isn't it amazing that when our kids are little, how much they want their dads to "look?” Ultimately, they’re not really wanting us to look at what they are pointing at, as much as they are wanting us to notice them, acknowledge them, and engage with them.
In the end our kids grow up and they soon stop saying, "Look Daddy! Look!" but I don't think we ever lose the desire to be noticed and acknowledged by our dads.
So today I notice and acknowledge my three great kids, Alec, Abbey, and Audrey. Alec, your humor and confidence light up every room you’re in, and you are gifted in so many ways; you are a leader. Abbey, you are a faithful friend, hard worker, and very smart; you bring so much joy to people; you’re beautiful. Audrey, you care deeply, have real compassion for people, and take commitment seriously. You have great vision for your life and you’re beautiful.
Most of all kids, you love Jesus Christ.
I am a grateful Dad.