I remember thinking my dad was the strongest man alive when I was little. I thought he knew everything, could fix anything, and was pretty much better than any dad out there. I went through a stage where those notions went away for awhile, but then they came back. Even though I know he's not the strongest man alive, I really can't imagine anything he can't do. I know he doesn't know everything, but it seems like he does. And I know there isn't a better dad for me out there. It's an innate God given love that always draws me to him no matter what.
Now being a parent it's so fun to see the love my children have for their dad. Elijah lights up whenever Caleb is around. His love for his dad is simple and genuine. It goes as deep as any feeling this little three year old has. Frequently when something is broken Elijah tells me, don't worry mom, dad can fix broke. Elijah thinks Caleb is the strongest, smartest, funniest, best dad around. We talk about him all day while he's at work and the best part of Elijah's day is when he comes home. He says his daddy is his best daddy.
My prayer is this love and respect will grow and mature. As Elijah gets older he'll see that his dad isn't perfect, but I hope that he'll see a man that loves the Lord with all his heart, continually sacrifices for his family, works hard to provide, and loves his us deeply. Even though he can't fix everything or is the strongest man alive I hope Elijah sees something better.