Hi Dad: January 30, 2019
Gerald Blackwell, Phil Henson, Amos Perkins, Norris Hilton, Leon Black, Charlie Callahan, Bill Drummonds, and Claude Hilton. I know that you don’t know any of these names. None of them were famous. But all of them influenced my life. Every one of them had the title “Dad” in front of their names.
They taught me how to make wise choices, work hard, set goals, deal with defeats, be tough, not cry and whine, develop skills, face challenges, enjoy time with my kids, and be a good loving husband. By their example they taught me to be a man of integrity, passion, to be ethical, when to fight harder, when to back off, to set goals and priorities, how to get going when I didn’t want to, how to work through challenges, and what it means to be a godly dad.
Yes, these men were some of the most influential leaders in my life. I could sit and tell you stories that were funny, sad, and inspirational. Funny thing, I’m sure there were times when they had to discipline me. (Back in the day, my dad had given permission to these men to whip me if necessary, whenever and wherever). They weren't perfect. There were a few times when I was disappointed in them for some of their bad habits. But, I can’t remember much about that now. Now that I’m older, I can only remember the good stuff.
These men were not just dads. They were teachers. They played a role in shaping my future. They influence the way I make decisions, love my family, help other people, and even deal with life’s stresses.
So, I just wanted to remind you that you are making a difference in the lives of your kids, your wife, and your community. Be encouraged, your efforts are worth it. One day your kids and their friends will be telling stories about you and how you changed their lives. Your legacy will live on!
I kind of like the title “Dad” before my name. My dad didn’t just tell me how to live, he lived and let me watch him do it. Remember, kids are watching.
"Let's walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every
good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Pastor of Families
Westwood Baptist Church
Ric Callahan has served the Church as minister to youth, children, and families for 37 years. He and his wife, Carla, have a passion for motivating and encouraging parents to activiely pursue Godly leadership in their homes. They have raised two daughters who use their gifts in minsitry as well.