“I’ve taken a shower, put on clean clothes, and have gone to the store to get flowers. Our plans have been made long in advance. We’re going to have a not-so-quiet meal at McDonald’s, then it’s off for an exciting night of games and tickets at Chuck-E-Cheese.
I pull up to my own house to pick up my date. With my flowers in hand, the door opens and on the other side is one beautiful girl. It’s one of my daughters. Yes, it’s date night with one of my special girls.
Here are ten reasons why I date my daughters:
1. The Day Draws Near: It’s only a short time before the knuckleheads come around – a.k.a. teenage boys!
2. Spiritual Health: Often my daughter’s view of her heavenly Father will be influenced heavily by how she views me as her earthly father.
3. Valued: The most valuable gift that you can give someone is your time. It is truly a gift you cannot take back, and I want my daughters to feel valued.
4. Fulfilled: If they have my attention, then they don’t have to look for someone else’s attention. If they are full from receiving my attention, then they won’t be starving for someone else’s attention…mainly boys!
5. Pursued: If they feel like they’re being pursued from an early age by their daddy, then there is not an immediate need to be pursued by other males.
6. Expectation: I get to set the standard. If I want her future husband to be a spiritual leader, a gentleman, and a tender warrior, then it is up to me to be that for her now so that those qualities will become her expectation from now on.
7. Teachable Moments: There are special moments over chicken nuggets that are profitable for teaching. It’s in those one-on-one times that I can speak words over her about true beauty being found on the inside, the place where integrity, character, and compassion reside. I can help her shape a healthy view of beauty, instead of culture giving her an unhealthy one.
8. Discipleship: It provides great opportunities and time for God-talks. A chance to talk about Jesus, church, and the Bible. She can learn from me, and I can learn from her. This also sets the standard of what she will expect in the future, when it comes to conversations with a man/ They should be centered on God.
9. Investment: I’m already investing in my grandchildren. Most likely, my daughters will raise their children in a very similar way to how I raised them. Remember, when we were kids and said, “I’ll never say the things my parents said!”How has that worked out for you?
10. Remembrance: So that she doesn’t forget how cool I am! I always want to remind her how fun, relevant, and smooth her daddy really is. I mean, after all, I did win her momma over! And, hopefully she will remember that she can always go to daddy, because even though I may not understand, I am there and I love her.”
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” – Psalm 127:3