“I Want to Be My Dad!”

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“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice” – Unknown

October is my favorite month. In fact, I would consider it to be just about perfect, if only we could somehow get rid of Halloween for good. For the record, I dislike this holiday very much.

Nonetheless, my very sweet friend, who does allow her child to go trick-or-treating, shared something with me the other day that blessed me greatly, and I would like to share this with you.

After some deliberation, this adorable little boy decided he wanted to be either a Power Ranger, or Optimus Prime, the Transformer, for Halloween. His parents shopped on the right day, for they were able to get both costumes for the price of one. Understandably, they considered this to be a blessing because they were then prepared for whichever choice the lad finally made.

Later, a family friend asked the little boy, “What do you want to be for Halloween?” His father answered for him. To his parents’ surprise, however, he had changed his mind; he didn’t want to be either a Power Ranger or a Transformer.

“I want to be my dad!” he proudly stated.

This little boy’s father is his super-hero. Normally, this wouldn’t be such an unusual thing, but it is pretty awesome that of all the make-believe characters that this little guy could dress-up as on this night, he wanted to be just like his daddy for real. And that is exactly what he is going to do. Father and Son will dress exactly alike, beard and all, as the little ‘man’ goes out trick-or-treating.

I think this touching little story blessed me so much, not only because of the genuine love and respect this boy has for his father, but also because it reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s exhortation that we be imitators of Christ. And we do this, not out of a sense of duty, but rather because we deeply love and cherish Him, and long to be just like our Heavenly Father.

But whoso keepeth his [Jesus’] word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. (1 John 2:5-6).

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