For an outside day in Manila not too long ago with my wife Lady and her niece, Nica, together with our daughter Abigail, I was gifted a book by Author Gregory Slayton entitled, “Be a Better Dad Today!”
I can honestly say that I haven’t been able to get too very far in the book yet, besides the occasional glimpse. The only reason I can think of is that Abigail is both of our first daughter and she is just about to turn three-years-old. One might think that they wrote the book on manhood until they decide to name their daughter Abigail Exodus. I am very proud of us for doing that.
The book opens with a favorable review from former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush (1999-2007). And today, we see many changes facing the American landscape. In 2016, America has been blessed enough to have a 45th President, a Republican named Donald Trump. Fatherhood is not like politics though. It is also not so different. Fatherhood is not like gambling either, and neither is it so different. The story of Peter and Paul from the New Testament can tell us that much.
The book is divided into three sections:
1. The Journey of a Lifetime
2. The Ten Tools of Fatherhood
3. Special Situations
These multi-facetted concepts seem to break the mold of freedom and liberty, and they do. But then again, prayer changes everything.
After these three sections are a Men’s Study-Group Guide, Acknowledgements, Suggestions for other Reading, and Footnotes.
We see today, in every type of media, people are praying from their own angles on the state of the world and how they wished that this story will turn out for us. I haven’t read very many books cover to cover, but this one was endorsed by the Library of Congress, so how bad could it be, right? I am sure every father of the 21st century could benefit from reading about these immensely beneficial tools geared directly to and from the Word of God.
As I reflect on the meaning of this book for myself, I am reminded so much, but particularly, the story of Zacchaeus from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19v1-10, as it is written, “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. 7 And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””
For several days, Abi kept saying as we would wrestle on to bed, “You are NOT my hero” but just last night, she told Lady that her hero is her daddy. That made be very proud. I sure do need a lot of prayer. With my being a little bit absent minded already at my age, words for fatherhood are difficult to express, but with Abigail becoming even more bright-eyed each day, I can say, it is getting easier, one day at a time.