You Are Uniquely You
One of my favorite movies to watch with my kids is Wreck It Ralph. The main reason is probably my never-ending nostalgia for anything having to do with my childhood. It is filled with references my kids would never understand, but are a part of my DNA.
The main character Ralph struggles with being the bad guy in a 1980’s style video game called Fix It Felix. Ralph is gifted at wrecking things and Felix, the game hero, fixes Ralph’s carnage. Felix gets all of the affirmation, accolades, and medals while Ralph is vilified. Ultimately, Ralph wants to be the hero and goes about it by forsaking who he is. It doesn’t work. Ironically, he finally becomes a hero, but not until he embraces who he is and sacrificially gives himself away to a child.
Ever felt like Ralph? As a dad, you may have observed other fathers and wished you were more like them. Those men are probably living out a wonderful model of fatherhood. However, they are not you and you are exactly what your family needs. God has gifted you with qualities that are uniquely yours. As a father, the time has come for you to embrace who you are and give of yourself sacrificially. Here are 3 ways I remind myself of my uniqueness.
1. You Are Wonderfully Made.
God spent a good amount of thought and time crafting me. I was designed with intention and purpose. I can be confident in what He created. I want you to know this. See Psalm 139:13-16
2. You Were Planned.
It was planned for me to be a father. God has blessed me with children and has made me with the necessary tools to be a great dad. See Jeremiah 29:11
3. You Are Gifted.
I have been given gifts that are uniquely mine. Therefore, I strive to use them to serve my children rather than waste them by merely using them for my own benefit. See 1 Peter 4:10 and Romans 12:6-8
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