by Rich Anderson
Traditionally, we take a few moments on Father’s Day to remember “Dear Old Dad.” We thank him for all his hard work supporting the family, coaching sports teams, attending all the major events in our lives, historic and hysterical family adventures, impeccable wisdom, etc. etc.
From where I sit, that’s all wonderful and much appreciated, but only really addresses one side of the equation. On this Father’s Day, I think I’ll spend a little bit of time looking at this holiday through the other end of the glass. How has being a father, and now a grandfather, blessed MY life?
I have the most amazing group of friends in my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren. When we’re doing the things I like to do, such as going out to eat, fishing, playing some music, etc, I’ve always got partners in crime. I also am amazed at the wonderful things they’re in to, and appreciate the chances I have to support them.
It has been amazing to watch my kids grow up to make wise choices in their marriage partners, establish families, and become wise and capable parents in their own right. And it’s particularly gratifying to see them pass down some of the good things their mother and I taught them, thus allowing us to be an influence in our grandchildrens’ lives, even when we’re not there.
Great joy comes from seeing our children teach their children to love the Lord, and to express that love by striving to keep God’s commandments, and love and serve each other and those around them.
Most of all, being a father has helped me, in the smallest way, to understand more of the love that our Father in Heaven has for each of us, and His desires that we grow to become more like Him by following the example of His Son.
So, on this Father’s Day, I am remembering my own earthly father with gratitude, but more importantly, I’d like to express my thanks and humility to my Heavenly Father for the opportunity he’s given me to be a father myself. And I’d like to express my love to my wonderful wife, and every single one of my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren. They are truly a treasure, both earthly and heavenly.