Being a Family Man
As a Christian man with humble beginnings, I’ve made peace with the fact that I’m going to make mistakes—lots of them. But I know that any mistakes I’ve made have helped me grow as a husband, a father, and a child of God.
At the end of the day, I’m just a flawed man who realizes that I’m one step away from making a great mistake. In the past, I used to be so consumed in my work that I wasn’t present the way God expects a husband and a father to be. Now that I’m the father of a blended family, I realize how present I need to be for my wife and my children, and how vital a work life balance is.
But, I’m not perfect—I’m human. And in my weakest moments I turn to God because I know that on my own strength I can’t accomplish much. I know I need His strength and His presence to be able to stay the course. To me, this is one of the most humbling parts of being a Christian father.
Six months ago, my wife and I welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the world. To see him smile and light up when he sees my face—man, I can’t even begin to tell you how validating those little moments are. They remind me how precious my children are to me and bring me back to watching each one of my children mature and grow into people I‘m very proud of. I cannot wait to see who my kids become five, ten, twenty years down the road; and knowing that I get to play a part in that is such a blessing. They are a gift from God, as is my wife, and my job as a family man is to never lose sight of this.
All things are possible through Him. All things, even the crazy, thousand-mile-an-hour whirlwind of being a father, a man, and a human being with faults. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am without His grace, and I wouldn’t have this incredible family without His Provision.
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.