Yesterday, my brother Connor, my dad, and I went to a live-stream of the 2016 No Regrets Men's Conference hosted at my church. And for an entire day I was challenged, encouraged, rebuked, and uplifted by godly men. I helped lead worship all day and then had the opportunity to do one of my favorite things in the world: Do ministry with my dad. He was one of the breakout sessions speakers that day and so I got to play one of my songs at the end of his talk.
The entire day, I was continually reminded of how much I owe my dad. You see, basically every single thing that we learned that day I had already learned from my dad. And while it's vitally important to have those reminders, I don't need to look any further than my own father to see the example I should be living up to.
In a generation almost devoid of fatherhood, my dad has been the role model I have desperately needed to become the person I am today. Not only did he show me how to be a man and walked with me every step of the way through this process, but he also showed me how to be a husband. How to be a father. Through his every interaction with mom and us, his kids, he has taught me what a family unit is supposed to look like. He has taught me about romantic love. He has taught me about fatherly love. And he has taught me about heavenly love.
Today is my dad's birthday, and he's spending it doing what he always does. Serving God by serving others. Spending time with youth and breathing life into them. Being intentional about every moment and using it for something bigger than himself. So, I would just like to thank my dad for everything he is; a godly, caring, and unrelentingly faithful man who does everything he can to be an amazing husband, father, and teacher to so many. Happy birthday, dad. I love you.