This is Lowell taking over the blog for a moment. I don't do many of these posts, as I can't match Julie for wit or entertainment value. In fact, Kumeu has now done more posts than I have!
I am taking over today as I have a message to share. I want to share my passion for building up men to be the best they can be--to be the best husbands they can be, and the best fathers they can be. While I am still learning everyday what it is to be a good husband, brother, son, and friend, I have no experience with being a father yet. Right now it consists of talking to Julie's bulging belly in gender neutral terms, and being ready to put my hand on her belly and stare at it in case the "baby is moving". Oh ya, this father thing is a breeze so far!
This will soon change. In three months I will be a real father with a real kid. This thought scares and excited me all at the same time. What a great responsibility, what an opportunity to show love and to help raise the child that God has blessed us with.
During a marriage conference we attended a few months back, the women were sent away to talk about wifey things, and us men were kept together to talk serious man talk. The speakers challenged us in many areas, including parenting. They showed a video called "I am watching you Dad" and it was at that moment that this whole 'being a dad' thing really set in. This video brought tears to my eyes as I listened to it as if it were my future son or daughter speaking right to me.
I think the message is awesome, and I wanted to share it with all the men out there who are fathers, or who one day will be fathers. Remember, your children are watching you! Everything you say or do is being filtered through their brains and they are constructing a worldview and a moral code. Live with integrity! And if you make mistakes (which we all do), be strong enough to admit it and to help them learn from your failures.
I hope you enjoy the video. Turn up the audio, and put it in full screen. Imagine this message coming from your child and let it hit your heart.
Happy Father's Day! Let a father in your life know how important they are to you and how much you appreciate them.