Thanks, dads!

As the holiday approaches, I just want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.

I was lucky to have a great dad. We unfortunately lost him when I was only 20, but I got to enjoy the remarkable experience of having so many surrogate dads in the form of friends and family from all over who stepped in to take up where my dad left off, without even being asked.

I’m thankful to have a father-in-law that I love as much as my own dad, probably in no small part because he reminds me of my so much of my own dad. Getting to see traits of my son’s grandfathers and great-grandfathers in my son is an ongoing gift.

I’ve had several good mentors throughout my life who impacted me in both a professional, and even fatherly way, whether I was smart enough to realize it at the time or not.

I’ve known many really good dads, both younger and older than me, living and gone, who continue to inspire me. As one of them told me way before I became a dad, you won’t really appreciate how much God loves you until you become a father. Boy was he right.

I have to say, loud and proud, that getting to be a dad is a greater gift, and adventure, than I could have ever possibly imagined. You get to witness a miracle every day.

If you’re a dad, you know exactly what I mean and you could probably say it a lot better.

If you’re a dad I hope you’ll really take a moment and celebrate what that means this Father’s Day.

If there’s a father figure in your life you need to appreciate, I hope you’ll make sure to do that this Father’s Day.

Thanks, dads.

“The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.” – Harold B. Lee