Being someone who grew up in a Christian Church setting I heard the word “Stewardship” with a fair amount of regularity. Typically that word was connected with money, which is understandable because everyone needs it to accomplish their goals even congregations.

It wasn’t until I became a father that the word “stewardship” became more than money. Having children provided me with the chance to see that I am responsible for their well-being, for the environment that they live in, for their understanding of love being watching how I treat their mom. Children are constantly learning and I have to daily practice good stewardship of the habits that they will keep and practice as they get older.

I will say that once I started writing these things down I began to feel overwhelmed with the magnitude of what I am responsible for in the stewardship of my children.

Thankfully, there are sites like this one that remind us that we are not alone. It gives me a healthy dose of perspective to know that all of us fathers are trying our best to get it right and we all hope that our kids see that too.

For me, I want my kids to see me not as perfect, but that someone who gets up when he falls, keeps trying, and is committed to showing love to them, their mom, and others.

If I had to say what I define what it means to be a successful dad it would be that my kids know that they are loved and that they are to love others as well. If they know this and seek to live it out, then I will know that I have been a faithful steward with what I have been blessed with in this life.


 

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