“My dad always said if I want to lose 30 pounds of ugly fat, I should cut off my head.”
Yes, I heard a woman say this today. She followed it with something about how you have to know her dad to understand the humor. She is obese. I don’t know all the details, but it doesn’t take a trained therapist to know there is a world of hurt buried beneath that jovial outer shell. I simply can’t imagine a scenario in which any daughter would receive that kind of comment from her father in a good way. Our children are resilient, but they know our hearts toward them, more than we think. God said, about His child,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:17
Our children need to hear, feel, and know that we feel the same way about them. Our daughters need to know they are cherished and loved as our princesses, beautiful and lovely. Our sons need to know that they are loved and prized, and that they have what it takes to become great men. Our children need us to protect their hearts, too.
“Above all else, GUARD YOUR HEART, for it is the wellspring of life.” – Proverbs 4:23 (emphasis added)
As a father, as the protector of my family, it is not enough to guard my own heart and life. If I do not guard my heart, I will fail as a man. But, if I do not protect my child’s heart, I fail as a dad.