I celebrated my first real Father's Day last Sunday. We have jokingly celebrated Mother's and Father's Day in our house since Billie and I have been married considering we've always had dogs and they might as well be our kids too. They think so anyway. But this year was our first year of actually celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day with one of our own. It was quite an experience.
Billie worked hard with Rylee to make the day great and it was. Those who know me know I'm a big Auburn fan so Billie made me a candy jar (I'm still trying to lose some more weight . . . but nevermind) with Auburn colors and the logo painted on it. That was Billie's part. Rylee had paint put on her hands and feet and Billie pressed them on the jar to look like tiger paw prints. I loved it.
I also received a book called, "King of the World," which is based on the song made popular by Point of Grace by the same name. The song basically says, "And if I am your princess, then Daddy, you are the king of the world." The song deals with the birth of a daughter to her growing up to get married and having a family of her own. In it all though, the little girl that grew up playing with her Daddy never left. I read through the book before heading to church and cried. Rylee isn't even 4 months yet, but she's growing up so fast. No matter what, she'll always be my baby girl. Nothing and no boy will change that. All you prospects remember that . . . I know my daughter is a knock out.
There's really not much better in the world than holding my little girl or hearing her laugh when I talk to her or tickle her. One of my favorite things is to watch her sleep in the mornings. When she wakes up, she opens her eyes and starts looking around and if I get the privilege of being there when she wakes up, her big, beautiful blue eyes will fasten on me and immediately the biggest smile and laugh comes out of her and she starts wiggling and kicking her legs. How can I have a bad day after that?
I preached about fathers needing to be the priest of their home (not king of the castle) on my first Father's Day. That's a role I don't take lightly. It's up to me to offer "sacrifices" and serve my wife and daughter that they may know my love, be protected, and find joy and happiness in this life. More than that though, it's my responsibility to portray Christ in every decision and action that I take. I won't always do it perfectly, but the great thing is that when I don't, I also have a High Priest that I can go to who has already made the ultimate sacrifice . . . Jesus Christ.
I loved my first Father's Day. I'm already looking forward to my next one. Oh and by the way, I received an 18 hole round of golf at Waterford. Can't forget that. I hope to take Billie and Rylee for that. Rylee has had so many firsts and that's the way I plan on it staying.