The Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters Group Blogging Project begins today! The next three weeks an awesome group of guys will be chronicling their chapter-by-chapter reflections through the book. If you’re a dad at any stage – keep tracking with us here.
Chapter One – Today’s post is brought to you by Marty Schmidt – an awesome friend and church planter in Iowa.
I’m in awkward territory. I grew up as the middle child of three brothers. I have five nephews. My first born is a son. I have only known boys! Then on June 10 of 2007 this little lady shows up. Twenty one months later little lady number two shows up. I now find myself in this place of being a father to two daughters and I am having a blast!
In the introduction to Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters author Meeker makes the comment, “Dads, you are far more powerful than you think you are.” And we are. In fact chapter one words it this way “You Are the Most Important Man in Her Life” and because of that, “your daughter needs the best of who you are: your strength, your courage, your intelligence, and your fearlessness. She needs your empathy, assertiveness, and self-confidence. She needs you.”
After reading about some of the disturbing data as it relates to young girls and sexual activity one can become quite discouraged. If left on their own the likely-hood of a girl getting swept away into a bunch of misguided decisions that carry devastating consequences is very high. It angered me when I read the guidelines written in the manual of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The information presented is not only robbing our young ones of innocence but also misguiding them. Meeker says it well when in that, “they normalize the bizarre.”
This doesn’t have to be though. An involved loving Father can make all the difference. I know this to be true. It makes complete sense. The last section of chapter one even lists out the positive impact on younger and older girls who have a strong and/or close relationships with their father. We have the ability to be the influence that trumps any and all other authority.
My first take away is that an involved Father is a strong Father!
How about you? What was your takeaway from chapter one?
How do you see yourself as the most important man in her life?