WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT BEING
A DAD FROM BEING CLUELESS
By Geoff Surratt
Father’s Day always reminds me of my first day as a father. It was a glorious moment, my wife glowing, the angels singing, my perfect little child, cooing and cradled in my arms. Except that is not at all how it happened. After an intense labor, the doctor handed me a screaming bundle of kicking arms and legs, an unfamiliar creature with a striking resemblance to Yoda. I loved the idea of a son, but I had no idea what to do with the squirming baby I was awkwardly holding and silently wondered if I could get my money back.
Though it has been a challenging ride, now my kids are grown, I wouldn’t trade being a father for anything. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:
The best you can do is the best you can do
God chose you to parent your children. He knows you are goofy, clueless, and immature (maybe that’s just me), but He chose you anyway. You can’t be the perfect parent, or live up to the unrealistic expectations of others, all you can do is the best you can do. So do your best, and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing . . .
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