A Father’s Advice: Run Your Race

I recently published an article in HuffPost Titled “A Father’s Advice:  Run Your Race.”  It contains advice that I gave my own children in discussing the recent ugly and hate filled events in Charlottesville and Phoenix.  My advice is to be mindful of what’s going on but focus on running your own race.

 

A Father’s Advice:  Run Your Race

 

 

 

 

A True Father

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A true father is not defined by what he does but who he is.  When you die, you will not be remembered for the assets that you leave behind; however, you will be judged for the investments that you leave in those that are left behind.

 

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Becoming A Dad

Being a Dad is the toughest job that you will ever love; however, God will be with you every step of the way.  In the Podcast titled “Becoming A Dad”, I walk though how I felt when I fould out that I would be a Dad for the first time.  I also share three pieces of advice for new Dads along with a Bible verse that lets you know that God will always be with you.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

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So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:31-34

I had just finished college and started my first “real” job when Bobby McFerrin released the song, “Don’t worry, be happy.”  One of the lyrics in the song says “In every life, we have some trouble but when you worry you make it double.”  This is a true metaphor for life. Continue reading “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

I can’t tell you the number of times I hear people talking about a child being a “mistake” or an “accident.”  Let me tell you something.  Becoming a father may have been a surprise to you but it definitely wasn’t a surprise to God.  When God first spoke to the Prophet Jeremiah, He said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”  He went on to say that He set Jeremiah apart because He had a very specific purpose for him.   Continue reading “God Doesn’t Make Mistakes”

A Gift from God

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Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!  He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

There are many ways to become a father.  Some come by it naturally, while others become fathers through foster care or adoption.  In my case, I became a father naturally and through the miracle of adoption.   Continue reading “A Gift from God”

Don’t Be Afraid

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

I remember when I found out that I was going to be a father.  Even though my wife and I planned to become parents, the reality still came as a shock.  I started to get scared when I thought of the responsibility that I now had.   Continue reading “Don’t Be Afraid”

Don’t Feel Sorry for Me

This article originally appeared in The Good Men Project on May 16, 2017.

I recently had a conversation with someone and the subject naturally turned to our children.  When I said that I had one child with special needs and two other children, whom we adopted from another country, who needed extra time and attention to catch up on basic educational skills, his first words were “I feel so sorry for you.”  Why I said.  “Because of your poor luck,” he replied.  I told him the same thing that I am telling you.  Don’t feel sorry for me, my kids are doing just fine.   Continue reading “Don’t Feel Sorry for Me”