|A recent visit to Tifft Nature Preserve here in Buffalo|
"Just like you, Papa."
This is a great thing to hear as Justice dresses himself, Faith clears the table, or as we all grab shovels on our way out to the compost bin. Unfortunately it is also true when Faith argues constantly, needing to be right, or when Justice screams angrily when faced with frustration.
As a teenager, I had a pastor that told me, at age 5 the person you most want to be like is your father, at age 15 the person you least want to be like is your father, and at age 30 the person you are most like, is your father. I've found his to be incredibly true in my life. This is the blessing and curse of fatherhood.
Father God, grant my children the grace to overcome the ways I screw them up, and may we all be more like You, our Father.