Sometimes I see my role as father as the enforcer, the protector, but I should never forget to be the example. Let's face it, kids learn so much about the world through watching their parents. What we value they learn to value. What we fail to prioritize will be downplayed in their mind. Sometimes the best thing any parent can do is to simply live out the faith.
I still remember very clearly something that happened when I was young. My mother was on line with me to buy movie tickets for Rocky II for the entire family. There was an old man standing in front of us on line and as he attempted to purchase the ticket he learned that it cost more than he had and he walked away. My mother bought him a ticket. He at first refused to accept it but he finally did and thanked her. I learned a lot that day. My mother didn't have to explain anything that day but I learned.
And with fathers, there's something about seeing the most powerful force in your life, the man who provides and protects, take to his knees to pray every day. It tells you all you need to know.
Read the whole thing and see who inspired Mr. Archbold's post.
I wish my sons might've seen me on my knees more as they were growing up.