Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Father's Oath

I have been overwhelmed by the news and the evil that is becoming all to prevalent in the world. I think about my kids and the duty I have to them to make sure that they stay on the straight and narrow path. This idea formed in my mind as I was driving home from work today. It is an oath that I will give each of my children. I just wanted to share it here, because it encompasses how I feel right now.

A Father’s Oath

I promise to respect your mother at all times and treat her like a daughter of Heavenly Father should be treated. This may sound gross now, but you will subjected to seeing me kiss her, hug her or dancing with her randomly in the kitchen. This is because I love her, I hope you one day learn to treat your spouse the same.

I promise to do my best to be an example to you in everything that I do. I am far from perfect, you will learn that, but I will always strive to lead you in the right direction.

Strange as it may seem, I promise to let you fail. It may hurt for you, and it will definitely hurt for me to watch, but it is through failing that you will grow.

I promise to be there for you when you fail, to help lift you up, to help carry your burden, and to push you to keep going.

I promise to love you, no matter what happens in your life, we may not always agree on choices that you make, but you will always be my child.

I promise to guard the home you live in from evil to the best of my ability, for that is a sacred trust that I took when I became a father, and I do not take it lightly.

I promise to do my best to listen, though at times you may think that I never listen or don’t understand you.  I will listen and hope you will afford me the same courtesy when I speak.

I will always try to give you the facts and allow you to use the spirit to help you make correct choices.

I will embarrass you, I am sorry, but it is bound to happen, I promise to hug and kiss you as long as I can get away with it.

I promise to remind you frequently that the world does not revolve around you. Humility is a trait that I hope you will develop, and when you think you are finally humble, I hope you realize that you’re not and you need to work harder.

 You may call me mean or unfair at times, I am sorry you feel that way, it’s part of being a parent, but I promise to expect high standards from you and hold your feet to the fire when needed.

Most of all, I want you to realize that everything I do, going to work, cooking your meals, cleaning your dishes, helping you with homework, putting a roof over your head, supplying you with all your needs, or anything else is because for you. I don’t do it because I have to; I do it because I want to. I chose to be a father. I knew what the price would be for me, and I wouldn't second guess my decision now or ever. I will sacrifice for you until I can no longer carry on and my body is carried home to a loving Father in Heaven. But while I am here on this earth and you are in my charge, I promise to be one thing that encompasses all of the above. I promise to be your dad.