He doesn't fight crime or wear a cape
He doesn't read minds or levitate
But every time my world needs saving
He's my Superman
Some folks don't believe in heroes
'Cause they haven't met my dad
- Not All Heroes Wear Capes (Owl City)
The first time I heard this song it brought me to tears. I had just recently had my first Father's day with my first son, Jasper. I had grown up with a father and wasn't sure how to be one myself. I constantly felt like a failure as a Dad and was certain I was falling short. Yet as I listened to this song I felt God telling me that this was how Jasper would view me. At the end of the day, Jasper would love me. This was the Dad I wanted to be. I wanted to be someone who could protect my kids. I wanted to be a dad who would encourage and uplift my kids. I wanted to be a dad who would be present and be available to give direction and wisdom to my kids. This Father's Day, I want to encourage each Dad out there that you don't need to be perfect. You don't need to be invincible. You don't need to enter a room flashily, have a chisled jaw-line, or have the dream job that makes all other kids jealous. You basically need to be okay with rocking a Dad-bod, tell the worst Dad Jokes, and make sure that your kids know that they are loved.
We look to our heavenly Father to be our example.
Did you know that Bible tells us of someone who existed who wasn't born? That's right folks, it's Joshua son of Nun.
Okay, so we don't look to him for Dad Jokes, but we look to him to see how to love unconditionally and protect our family. We see Him pick us up, brush us off, and tell us it will be okay and we imitate that in our attitudes towards our kids.
This weekend we honor Dad's for all they do; for imitating our Heavenly Father so well and for being Superman to their family. You may not wear a cape, but in the eyes of your kids you are doing a phenomenal job. Well done Dads.