Although Jesus Christ, during his brief stay on earth a little over two thousand years ago, did not marry someone and to literally bear children with any woman, he was the head of the spiritual family he was establishing. It’s like a flock of sheep where offsprings (represented by lambs) follow their Shepherd.
Christ plays the role of a dad. He’s there to protect his children from wolves in sheep’s clothing. He’s there to protect the family from predatory animals and from all forms of corruption that may consume or damage it.
Jesus shows all of us how it’s like being the head of the family. It’s not an accident but every dad was chosen by God to be the father of his children just as Christ was especially chosen by the Almighty Father to head his spiritual family—the Church.
Fathering a child is not about being perfect, but to serve what God, who knows all your strengths and weaknesses, wants you to do and to be. Christ was sent into this world for the sinners, for the lost sheep. When we accept Christ and follow him, we are safe and what we’ve lost would be restored.
We should allow Jesus, the Messiah, to transform our lives. We should love being a father and to translate such a thing into a reality that makes a difference in the way we live.
To all the dads out there, including me, raising kids should be such a profound and life-changing experience, changed forever by the living reality of Christ Jesus, as we are all called to seek the Lord and receive the salvation that He brings.
Raising children should be something that invites us to be disrupted by a God who wants to be close to us. A God that says we fit the bill perfectly for His plan for our family and, most importantly, a God for whom the gift of life is one of the greatest proofs of His love.
Fatherhood is a process by which you will learn a lot of things while, at the same time, teaching. Nathaniel’s birth has opened my eyes to such a truth I would later on understand as a calling. It feels like I was sent on a mission to help and guide this little version of myself to become the best that he could be. The following are just six of the many reasons why being a dad is a feat worth rewarding:
BEING A DAD IS A SPECIAL TASK
You became not just any male out there capable of fathering a child. But you’re a special dad because you’re playing the role of one of the most important jobs in the world. Your role is to love, nurture, and to protect.
YOU’RE ON A MISSION
You’re called to imitate the examples of Christ. You have to live out the vocation of fatherhood through selfless love.
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD
You are a part of the solution. The future of the children you’re raising depends a lot on you. What they will become when they grow up, what they can contribute to the society, and how much you have impacted their minds with the kind of fatherhood you have introduced to them. The future of the world will be dictated by how fathers have raised their children. You have the power to change the world.
YOU NEVER STOP BEING A DAD
Once you are a dad, you never stop being one. But you will only grow to treasure such a gift of self you could share with your spouse and children through selfless love. Your understanding will also increase as a result of that.
BEING A DAD IS ABOUT MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN LOVE
Fatherhood helps you find a new vision of life. Actually it’s just the rediscovery of your own self on others by simply expressing your love in extraordinary ways. It’s what you can contribute to the world to make it a better place in which to live. It is to reflect on such a role and live by it.
BEING A DAD IS A JOYFUL RESPONSIBILITY
You are called to be actively engaged in your calling. Fatherhood is a deep personal calling. Being a dad is to experience the joys of fatherhood and to be accounted for it.