Dad. Father. Pops. I don’t care what you call him, today we take the time to celebrate him. Every year we pause to celebrate and honor our fathers for their hard work, dedication, and influence on our lives and society.

It is because of our fathers that we are who we are today. For good or for bad, it is because of our fathers impact on our lives.

I know there are some of you out there today without a father, and there are some of you out there today that want nothing to do with your father. I have compassion and sympathy for all of you.

Maybe your Dad gave up on you and your family, maybe he ran away from the responsibility, maybe he worked to hard, or maybe he just wasn’t the best influence or role model for you. This literally breaks my heart and I am truly sorry.

Whatever the situation, he is still your Dad and on this day you should take the time to tell your father how you feel about him, what you are thankful for, what you have learned from him, and what you can do to better your relationship with him.

I love you Dad and I am very thankful for you. From the day I was born you called me son. I have put you through hell at times and I am surprised you didn’t kill me! Remember the time I tore all the stickers off the trailer? Whoa, I am thankful I am still alive after that!

We had good times, we had bad times, and we had tough times. With each one of these times we did out best, we learned, we grew, and we are better because of it.

Over the years you have taught me allot. I carry these things today in my life, my marriage, and some day I will pass these onto my kids.

Here are the things you have taught me:

1. Hard work. You always said, “If I wanted to have anything in my life, I had to work hard for it”. From the time I was able to work you also said, “Get off you ass and go do something. You aren’t going to get anywhere in life by sitting around here doing nothing”.

2. You can’t stay down long. You said, “I was going to fall down, just when you do get up as fast as you can and don’t let anyone pass you by.”

3. Don’t be a sissy. Anytime I face something difficult in my life, I think to myself, Dad always said, “Don’t be a sissy”. I don’t think anyone would call me a sissy today so I guess this stuck.

Here are the things I am thankful for.

  1. You were always real and honest with me. Even when it hurt you never backed down.
  2. Thank you for working hard and providing for our family. I can say one thing, we never went without.
  3. You never gave up on me or anyone else in the family.
  4. We always had fun. You taught us to work hard and play harder.
  5. From as far back as I remember we always did things as a family too.

Thank you for being more than a father but a Dad. You are awesome and I am very thankful for you. As I get older, one thing I think about is spending more time together and being intentional about building our relationship.

With that, here are the things I would like to do.

  1. I will call you every week to tell you how much I love you and how thankful I am for you.
  2. Once a year I am going to take the time to plan a trip together.
  3. I want to agree that no matter what, we will be honest and real with one another with the goal of making us stronger men, fathers, and husbands.

Have an awesome day Dad, and remember I love you with all my heart and I am thankful for you. And for all you other dads out there, enjoy your day and be a Dad, because anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad.


Discussion Question: How do you feel about your Dad? What about your Dad are you thankful for? What can you do to better your relationship with your Dad? You can comment below.