Friday, February 13, 2009

I'm a Dad!

Yep, you read correctly. I am going to be a father! Boy am I excited. I look forward with great enthusiasm to seeing my wife's belly grow, laying in bed at night and feeling the little baby tumble around inside her, and finally holding that tiny life that God has blessed us with!

While I am incredibly excited about the fact that my family is growing, I have become quite nervous and anxious about the fact that I will be completely responsible for that little baby in every way! That is a heavy burden not to be taken lightly! It seems that every day we grow closer to the birth of my child, the impending responsibility becomes more real. Don't get me wrong, I am excited about having the baby. I'm just a little overwhelmed about the responsibilities that come with being a father. I think the thing that I am most specifically nervous about is the spiritual condition of myself, my family, and my child. As the father and husband in my family, its my enormous responsibility to ensure that I am as close to the Lord as possible so that I may lead my family down the straight and narrow path that leads to Christ. If I fail to do that, and my child fails to accept Christ as his/her Savior, I will be responsible for the fact that I let my child go to Hell.

That is a huge responsibility that I must embrace with the help of Christ. Recently, I've tried to become more consistant with my daily quiet time each morning. During my quiet time I take a few minutes in the morning to pray to Jesus, ask His forgiveness of my sins, and ask Him to make me the kind of father and husband that would make Him smile. I know that with the Christ's help, I can be an effective, encouraging, thoughtful, and loving father for my child.

With that in mind, I embrace the challenge of being a parent! I look forward to all the sleepless nights, late night feedings, skinned knees, runny noses, and crayon on the walls! I look forward to spending time with my kid as much as possible. I look forward to football practices (or cheerleader camps) and taking my baby to school each morning. I will cherish every moment with my baby and will thank God for such a blessing. Thank you, Jesus, for blessing my wife and I with a baby! We won't let you down!


Sybil said...

I am so proud of you son.....You know that your father and I will be there for you and your family. As long as your seeking Gods will you will be fine. God has surrounded you and your family with a lot of people who love you ...Our family, Angela's family and church family your surrounded with a lot of love and wisdom....I'm rambling on...sorry.


Angela said...

You are so sweet. I am very, very excited to be having a baby with you. I know you will be a great daddy and that you will be a wonderful godly example for our child. I love you so much and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you and our baby.

Laura said...

Dustin, you are going to be an awesome dad and a super fun one too. :) As long as you always keep the focus and dependency on God that you have right now...I know you will do great! I am praying for you guys!

Dazedoodler said...

Wow. I'm awed and inspired that you listed the primary responsibility of fatherhood as being the spiritual leader of the family. I'm sure learning a lot from your family. Being a parent I think is quite the responsibility but such a blessing! I'm hyped for Angela and yourself. God bless!

Candace said...

Dustin, I know you will be a wonderful father. Your focus is right on. With Gods as your focus you can never loose. My prayers are with you with you all.

Dustin said...

Thanks, everyone! You don't know what it means to my family and me to have all our friends praying for us!