Recently I have had the opportunity to chat with newly expectant fathers and a few new fathers. Maybe its just me and this group of men, but I am so deeply encouraged by how involved they desire to be in their children's lives. Not just in the "traditional father" role, but deeply involved in all aspects of their child's life - feeding, hygiene, play, you name it, they want to know what they'll need to know to be active daddies.
The role of a strong father in a child's life can't be underestimated. Recently, I watched the film Courageous and was struck by this quote in the movie:
"I don't want to be a good enough father. We have a few short years to influence our kids. Whatever patterns we set for them in life will be used for their kids, and the generation after that. We have the responsibility to mold a life. And I don't think that should be done casually. Half the fathers in this country are already failing, and I don't want to be one of them."
I truly believe that many fathers of stepping up to the plate, moving past casual parenting to parenting with purpose. The effects of this dedication to father goes beyond just that family and permeates society. I am filled with hope for our future.