Me and Riley

Yesterday Riley and I went to see Ratatouille, the new Pixar movie. I’m a huge fan of movies and especially Pixar, but this one wasn’t overly a kids’ movie. It was good, but Brad Bird writes to a little more adult audience and uses animation to create his vision. Anyway, all that being said Riley wasn’t too in to it, he got a little sleepy and so he climbed over the armrest and into my lap for the last 45 minutes of the movie. That was incredible. I just sat there and thought about how blessed I am to have a little guy who wants to be in my lap and hang out with Dad. What a challenge to me. I can be such a workaholic and so focused on all the little things and big things I need to do, and I am sadly guilty of brushing Riley off sometimes. I want so badly to be a great dad, and I think I’m doing okay, but I can become complacent too fast. I have always been challenged by the Old Testament kings, Solomon, Hezekiah, Josiah, Jehoshaphat, men who led God’s people, followed after God and then had sons who “did evil in the sight of the Lord.” These great men of God who had screwed up kids. I’m determined to not let that be me. I want to see Riley and Ridge become amazing men of God, doing bigger things for the Kingdom than I could ever imagine. What a challenge to me. What a humbling experience to have Riley climb into my lap to watch a rat who likes to cook…

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One thought on “Me and Riley

  1. Dad says:

    Fret not that ye be not fretted about being a good Dad, you are. Plus look how many of us would be on your case if you weren’t! On key to good dadship is getting the blessing when one or both of your sons crawls up in your lap or wants to be with you. I should know as you and your brother have so blessed me. Each time is a renewal of the vow to be a good Dad. Your Dad is proud of his son the “DAD”

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