Pastor Pastor Justin Danielson, Parkview Christian Church
I have been called many things in life: Christian, friend, basketball player, student, co-worker, minister, coach, husband, and of several fun nicknames like – too-tall, J.D., and choo-choo (I loved trains as a kid). But one of the things I like being called the most is…DAD! I can be in a crowd of many people with a lot of noise and still pick out my three kids’ voices when I hear…the name ‘Dad.’
We as a country just got through celebrating Father’s Day. I have been blessed to get to celebrate this day as a father for over 16 years now and I love it. There is nothing in the Bible or in life that says being a dad is easy. It’s quite the opposite. There are ups and downs. There are days I feel like the best dad in the world and other days I feel like I lost the instructions somewhere. As I have heard before, being a dad is the hardest job that I will ever love.
Eric Mason wrote a book and men’s Bible study called, “Manhood Restored” A phrase that has stuck with me for many years from his books says, “We live in a world that has a daddy deprivation.” Eric is a minister in Philadelphia, PA where there is, as he calls it, a “pandemic of fatherlessness.” I don’t believe that it is just a Philly issue; it is a growing issue in our society.
I was blessed enough to grow up in a home with both my mom and dad. My dad was a USDA meat inspector. He traveled, worked many hours, many night shifts, and often seven days a week. Because my dad worked a lot, he often missed ball games, school activities, shooting hoops/playing catch and going to church. The time I did get to spend with my dad was important. Dads, remember that you matter and time spent with your kids matters.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard