Sydney gave me permission to share the beautiful story I have heard her tell about her father, his love for her, and his faith that has helped shaped her life. Sydney’s dad had a long, hard battle with cancer and he went to be with the Lord not long ago.
I have heard Sydney talk about their special times spent together, the goofy things her father did around her and her friends, dates with her dad, her knowledge that her daddy adores her, and the love that her dad has for Jesus. Sydney looked to her father Clif over the years with admiration, respect, fondness, joy, and great love.
When Sydney talks of her dad I think – I”t would be every dad’s dream to hear their daughter talk like this of them” – Sydney’s dad Clif has made an indelible imprint on her life, heart, and faith.
Clif showed his daughter how to laugh, how to fight hard for something, how to be silly, how to pursue dreams, how to be herself, how to love others, and how to have hope and believe that God is Good even when life is not. Sydney talks of her dad’s role in all of these things in her life. It reminds me that others, especially our kids, watch us closely to know what these things look like. She shares of the power of watching her father claim the Goodness of God and the hope, trust and strength that he was able to pass along to others because of his faithfulness.
A good dad can leave a big mark! A good dad can change the trajectory of the life of their kids! A good dad can show their kids and others what God the Father looks like! A good dad can help reflect the Good God we have!
Thank you Clif for being a good father! Thank you for modeling to your daughter what a good man looks like, what a good husband looks like, what following God in good times and in hard times looks like, what faith in action looks like, and what real hope and trust look like.