I often wondered what fatherhood would feel like. For several years on Father’s Day this thought would come flooding to my mind. I didn’t much like that day as I didn’t have a child or a father to celebrate with. Now things had changed. Faith was my new reason to celebrate.
When Faith was born and saw Faith for the first time, she was the most adorable little baby I had ever seen. On the first night, as she lay in her hospital bed sleeping, I felt an incredible sense of gratitude toward God. I was now a father, which felt both great and humbling at the same time. I had studied the concept of fatherhood in the Bible many times before. For years, I sought to draw truths from Scripture to equip men to be good fathers to their children.
Suddenly, after having Faith, I knew I had to apply those truths to my own life that I had previously taught others. From my studies, I knew that I was called to walk in integrity so I could be a model for Faith to follow (Prov. 20:7). I was not to provoke my child to anger, but teach her the things of God (Eph. 6:4). I was to show compassion to her (Psalm 103:13) and discipline her when necessary (Prov. 13:24). She would be the primary person I was to disciple. What a blessing this was.