COMMENTARY: This Father's Day, spend time with your children

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

I wish I had been a better father. I wonder if anybody else has felt this way.

It seems like yesterday that my two beautiful sons, Jared and Zachary, were only small children. What happened to those days when we played in the yard, swam or just spent time together?

The days of telling silly nighttime stories, tucking them into bed and just hanging out flew by faster than a breath of air on a frosty day. If I could reach back and pull a few of those days back to the present, I would stop the clock and savor every moment of those beautiful childhood years.

I've heard that fathers on their deathbeds do not wish they had spent more time at the office. Most fathers do regret not spending more time with their families.

We get preoccupied as dads. I've heard great spiritual leaders like Billy Graham and Charles Stanley talk about being totally preoccupied and consumed with their speaking, writing and vocational interests to the point that they knew they had neglected their families.

It's not easy being a dad. We know we have to bring payroll into the house, keep a roof over the family and try to keep the family fed. In and around those daily duties there are the desires to give to your children. We want them to do well in school and enjoy music and sports. Dads want to provide vacations, an occasional fun weekend and comforts to the family. Often the stresses of work, personal goals and life's problems make a dad's life a juggling act.

Most dads feel the pride of fatherhood. I was right "there" when both of my sons were born. I leaped for joy on both of those occasions. I have leaped many times since.

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