Ah yes-Father's Day. One of my favorite days. Not only do I get to honor an incredible father that I greatly respect and love, but I get to reflect on my time of being a Dad as well.
Make no bones about it I am proud to be a poppa of 3 fantastic sons. What joy it brings me to know that all 3 sons love the Lord and are serving Him in full-time ministry. As musicians and spokespersons for Food for the Hungry, they are able to minister to many youth, speak up for justice, and demonstrate the love and compassion that is so desparately needed for the orphans of this world. See www.willetonline.com.
I do not apologize nor second guess the decisions my wife and I have made in raising our children that allowed them to pursue their dreams and passions as God opened up doors for them to walk through. Decisions like sending them to public schools rather than private so they could be salt and light in the school hallways, ballfields, and classrooms. Decisions like allowing Justin to graduate early and get his GED, followed by allowing Jordan to homeschool on the road so he could graduate early and get his GED. This has allowed the brothers to tour together at a very young age. Decisions like foregoing college or "getting a real job" as some insensitives have called it so they could use their gifts now for God. Decisions like cutting back on luxuries and pleasures to be able to support, encourage, counsel, and help provide basic needs as they tour as an independant band.
And now as all 3 sons are adults, to not only love them as a father, but to enjoy our time together like best friends, to play hard and competetive with sports and to always be able to talk to any of my sons about anything that is happening in their life. I am truly blessed.
What a day it was to see Jeremy give his wedding vows to Kat. She has been a great addition to the family as well. Her love and support of Jeremy is exemplary and I love her like my own daughter.
What a joy it is to be WILLET's bandpastor and most recently to travel with them and do ministry with them in Ethiopia and later in August in Haiti.
Would I do it all over again? You bet! But I would do more of it knowing what I know now.
Thanks guys for making fatherhood an awesome experience and responsibility.