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Those Cute Little Interruptions

Those Cute Little Interruptions - Silly Daddy comic by Joe Chiappetta

Silly Daddy webcomic by Joe Chiappetta 2016 on Microsoft Surface Pro using Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Fresh Paint, and drawing program.

Where would we be without our mothers? This universal mother and child moment in comics is one that all parents can likely relate with instantly.

While trying to write something of substance down on paper, a hard working mom things to herself, "Finally, some peace and quiet to get some work done." The mother's train of thought is abruptly derailed by her excited young daughter who is pulling on her mother's arm with all the cuteness that she can muster. "Mom," the daughter exclaims, come and see this right now!!!" The daughter is referring to a video series on how to make miniature food items out of colored clay.

A common thought enters the mother's mind; "Someday I'll probably miss these frequent little interruptions."

Oh, the unexpected interests that we take up for the sake of our dear children. As her child continues to tug on her arm, the mother takes a good look at her dear daughter, hearts melt, and a childhood memory is cherished.

Even after over two decades of fatherhood, being a parent continues to be one of the most mind-boggling experiences of my life. I mean that in a good way, like how Disney's Space Mountain is mind-boggling the first time you go through it. Or closer to home, parenting is mind-boggling like that first visit to the beach on a warm sunny day after a long winter. There is so much more to life--wonder and amazement--unless we take it for granted. The same can be said for parenting.

I believe that God designed parenting not just to provide for the needs of the young, but also to humble and refine the characters of the parents. Through raising three children I have learned so much about the nature of life, God, humanity, and my own heart.

In my selfish nature, there is often the temptation to be laser-focused on my own interests, while ignoring the interests of others. This is common to mankind whether a person is a parent or not. Yet being a parent--at least if you want to be a good one--forces you to deal with those self-centered desires on a daily basis, because your kids almost always need something.

Therefore a good parent must not only accept this fact--that they must live a sacrificial lifestyle--but they must also be proactive in deciding how best to meet the needs of their family. I have now come to appreciate how God has put my three children in my life for great reasons, not the least of which has been so that I can see the depths of my sin and repent of my introverted, and often indifferent natural tendencies toward the needs of others. Parenting has changed me forever--for the better.

I thank God for setting such an irrefutable example of who a great father really is through his pattern in the Bible. God is the ultimate parent, laying down his life for me, and for my children.
"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." - 2 Corinthians 6:18

I am grateful that God is a loving father and takes that responsibility so seriously, that his love endures forever. What an amazing parent.

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