Rev. Jimmie Scott
June 17th is Father’s Day. This week, as I reflect on the significance of what it means to me, my heart is full.
In my life, there have been many father figures. In my small rural community, the connections were so broad that most anyone in the adult community would provide instructive guidance at any given time, especially when a child needed some corrective advice. I didn’t appreciate it at the time. But retrospectively, it may well have been an informal education for my journey in to fatherhood.
What a journey it has been. Literally filled with all kinds of experiences, and I am grateful for each experience. Each one has taught me something valuable!
So this week I salute fathers. Perfect fathers, imperfect fathers, and all fathers who have done the best they knew how to do, because fatherhood is a daunting task. It is a task worthy of every doubt and fear I had about it. For me, it’s been the most enlightening experience on the road of life. And it is the one thing I have wanted to succeed in above all else.
In attempting to succeed in it, I have learned so much about myself. Much of what I have learned is not as important as what I had to unlearn. Such as the fallacy of trying to be perfect, and believing that I possessed all the right answers for my children. Fatherhood taught me innumerable lessons about unconditional love, and to never take anything in life for granted. More importantly, it’s taught me that life is much bigger than our worries and concerns. That’s a valuable lesson.
“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself” – Khalil Gibran