Sometimes, I am amazed by how selfish I can be.

A good friend of mine, and my minister, Jed Mullinex, says to be closer to God, one must love the things God Loves. Simple enough. I would imagine the opposite is true as well. To be further from God, love the things God doesn’t love. Today, I am excited to introduce you a father who presented me with a ‘teachable moment’ without trying.

If you know me or follow this blog, you know I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I have found refuge in knowing that in my toughest times, God has had his hand in my life. Often I didn’t deserve his grace, but thankfully, he was there.

Okay, so why lead off with God, Minister, Grace, Refuge? Is this some religious post? No. Although I am a Christian, I have been purposeful with GetConnectDad.com to not be overly religious. I see nothing wrong with a religious focus; but, I want to make sure everyone is welcome, regardless of their spiritual journey.

Then, today happens. A couple of weeks ago, we got a puppy. This puppy requires someone (me) to get up in the middle of the night every four hours for potty training. Needless to say, I have been upset about it. Not “upset” upset about it, but upset enough to make a comment almost every morning about getting out of bed.

God, in his gentle way of reminding me, presents an incredible dad, Jason Tuttle, to me yesterday. In a live broadcast, we did today, Jason tells me how he has to change his son’s catheter every four hours. Forever. Boy, am I selfish? The great thing about dad’s and parents in general is we are always learning. I have a plaque on my desk that says “I am still learning” from a quote made by Michelangelo.

Here is our conversation from today:

Today, Jason taught me:

  1. It is important to deal with what comes my way.
  2. The plan is not always what you expect it to be.
  3. You never know who you are going to meet.
  4. Love what God’s heart aches for
  5. Use GetConnectDad for purposes that are close to God’s heart

We are trying to raise $60,000 for a couple of great kids we may never meet. Amazingly though, I will think of Jason, Samantha, and Zachary when I decide to be selfish and complain about stupid stuff.

If you have an extra $2-$5 to spare, please consider supporting this family’s goal to provide a properly equipped van for their kid’s transportation! You can click the link below to support this awesome family!

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Julian Caldwell

Julian Caldwell
Julian Ivey-Caldwell founded GetConnectDAD with one simple goal: Connect more families to their kids. Julian works a day job and spends his evenings (after the family retires) continuing to grow ... Read Full Profile

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