Wisdom From Dad

June 21, 2009

“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” – Proverbs 27:19

The young girl crawled in her mother’s lap and asked her mother THE QUESTION: Where do babies come from? She calmly explained that when mommy and daddy love each other, daddy will … (OK, you know how this story goes.) The girl then asked, “Where do kittens come from?” Mom replied, “Pretty much the same way.” The girl thought for a moment; then a proud look crossed her face as she declared, “Wow! My Daddy can do anything!”

Most kids are quite proud of their dads and listen carefully to what we say. So for Father’s Day, let’s look at some of the things us dads say – or don’t say – to our kids.

The most frequent things dads say:

  • Because I said so.
  • Who said life was fair?
  • You’ll understand when you’re older.
  • The lawn isn’t going to mow itself.
  • If your friends all jumped off a bridge, would you jump, too?
  • Do you think I’m talking just to hear my own voice?
  • And the top things most dads never say:

  • Gee, I must be lost. I think I’ll pull into that gas station and ask for directions.
  • Sweetheart, now that you’re thirteen, I think you are old enough to start dating.
  • Rather than going to a ball game, what do you say, we just go to the mall?
  • Why did you go out and get yourself a job? I make plenty of money for you to spend.
  • Yes, of course I want you to make a big deal out of Father’s Day, and please give me a new tie.
  • And the greatest thing a Dad ever said:

  • That’s my boy – I’m proud of Him. (Bryant Wright paraphrase.) God the Father said this about Jesus.
  • May our Heavenly Father say this of us, when we faithfully follow His Son Jesus.
  • May all of us fathers seek to be like the Greatest Father of all – Jesus’s Dad.