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I Have a Dream: To Be a Great Dad

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most famous speeches in American history and a defining moment in our country. This speech helped shape modern America. Just like our nation, we need something to define our place and set our sights on becoming better fathers. Every so often, I take a step back and look at how I’m doing as a dad. Dr. King saw problems and a lack of progress in our country. In the same way, I sometimes see a lack of progress in myself as a dad.

And there are other times when it seems like my kids are not free to experience and achieve all I hope they should, and it’s due to my shortcomings and failures as a father. To sum it up, sometimes I feel like I could be better as a dad. I’ve had many conversations with other dads and they’ve admitted the same. We all want to be better, and to that matter we can all say, “I have a dream: to be a great dad.” Here is my “I Have a Dream” speech for fatherhood.

“I say to you today, fellow dads, even though we face the challenges of fatherhood today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in every father.

  • I have a dream that I will raise my kids to be successful men and women who give more than they receive from society.
  • I have a dream that my kids will have great relationships with one another, void of any sibling rivalry.
  • I have a dream that my kids will respect others, even when in disagreement, and will not accept disrespect from anyone.
  • I have a dream that my kids will make great loving spouses, become engaged parents, and build strong families.
  • I have a dream that my kids will discover their passions in life and pursue them boldly and effectively.
  • I have a dream that my kids will learn relational truth and love other people well.
  • I have a dream that my kids will grow up to be better versions of me and my wife and teach the same values to their kids.

When all is said, my dream is that the lives my kids live will be proof that they were loved, led, and raised by a great dad.

Sound off: What’s the greatest dream you have for your kids?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What’s your biggest dream?”