Monday, June 21, 2010

A Father's Love

About a week or so ago my husband told me about this song he came across and how it was really convicting. That one of the hardest things for him is exactly what this song is about...leaving that "one more thing".
"There's always just one more thing • There's always another task • There's always I just have one more small favor to ask • And everything is urgent and everything is now • I wonder what would really happen if I stopped somehow • • I'll be there in a minute • Just a few places to go • You wake up a few years later and your kids are grown • And everything is important • But everything is not • At the end of your life your relationships are all you've got • • And love to me is when you put down that one more thing and say • I've got something better to do • And love to me is when you walk out on that one more thing and say • Nothing will come between me and you • Not even one more thing • • There will never be an end to • The request upon your time • It's your place to stand up and tell the world • You've got to rest awhile • And everything is important • But everything is not • At the end of your life your relationships are all you've got • • And love to me is when you put down that one more thing and say • I've got something better to do • And love to me is when you walk out on that one more thing and say • Nothing will come between me and you • Not even one more thing • •"
("JUST ONE MORE THING" by SARA GROVES)
Adam is an amazing father. He's such a natural with kids. I have always been in awe of his natural way of connecting with little ones. We joke that it's because he's just a kid at heart, too, and that may be part of it. There is nothing more beautiful then watching a Daddy loving on his kids. But I think the thing that is so wonderful about Adam is his passion. He wants to be a great Dad. He gives it his all. And the thing that he says he struggles with the most (leaving the one more thing) is the very reason he's a great Dad. It's all in the effort. He is aware of the struggle. He tries so hard to choose home over work. He wants to be there. Be here. Be available. God's blessing has been that Adam understands what the kids need. They need their father. We need to eat, but we need Daddy. We sacrifice so they can have more of him.

He is their strongest example (no pressure there). What is caught and what is taught is a real man, trying his best, working hard, making mistakes but making it right, and love, for his wife and his children. He teaches our son to hold doors for ladies, to be gentle with his sister, to respect his Momma. He teaches our daughter that she is lovely, important, and smart. He is proud of them. He comes to soccer practice and games. He watches the school musical and the awards ceremony. He sleeps, I mean sits through piano practice. He gets up at the crack of dawn so he can come home and eat dinner with his family. He plays in the pool, he rides bikes, climbs trees, he does homework, he reads the Bible with them and prays with them at bedtime. He is the father God chose for them. And he takes his responsibility very seriously.

So when you feel convicted about doing that "just one more thing" just remember that we are just happy it's even on the radar. That you are making a choice to be here. And when you can't be here, we know you are working hard for us and we really appreciate that, too.

Thank you, Adam, for working hard to be the father our kids need. Thank you for choosing to be here and making that a priority. But most importantly, thank you for showing them what love looks like, the love of a father that cherishes the precious gifts that they are. And I know you'll read this and blush and say you don't always do all of these things, but hear this...you try and you try hard and there is nothing more important then that.

We love you, Daddy!

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

So neat to find your blog...I've known Adam my whole life (practically) we went to church together...tell him hello and you guys have a beautiful family!

Christy said...

I'm sure we've met...at Chelten Christmas eves come & gone. Thanks for visiting the blog, Elizabeth. I hope you'll stop in again sometime!

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