Every summer, one of the things I look forward to is our annual Me and My Dad Camp.
While it’s only an overnight trip, it can be one of the best moments a father can have with his son/daughter and vice versa.
While it takes a lot of effort to set up the tent, cook your own food, travel to the camping place, what that does is that you build history together as father and son.
There are things that you cannot accomplish if you are at home, especially with the distractions of iPads and TV.
Building history together includes stories at night before going to bed, cooking your meal even if they’re burnt, sweating and jumping in the pool to cool off, getting a splinter and helping your son take it out… These and many more that will add to having history together.
I remember Steve Murrell (founding pastor of Victory) telling us a story of a very successful pastor who has a congregation of thousands. This particular pastor’s son approached his dad during one of the church activities designed for families and disclosed that he couldn’t remember a time that he had fun with his dad.
Now that’s a bomb no father would ever want to hear from his son.
Dads, build history with your children. Find the opportunity to build memories. Remember, it’s something that can never be taken from them. Cars will rust. Medals can get lost. Money can get stolen. But memories? That stays for a very very very long time.
No amount of success in the workplace can compensate for failure at home.