My son, Caleb, never ceases to amaze me. A couple of weeks ago, he asked if he could pray before dinner. Even though there had been absolutely no discussion beforehand about what I do or about orphans in general, he sent up a heartfelt request, "God, make me grow up quickly to help children find mommies and daddies."

He’s watching me, I know. He soaks it all in. He’s a little four year-old that wants to be like his daddy.

Even though my children are now out of school for the summer, and I am in Eastern Europe as I type this, Caleb had prepared a large Father’s Day card for me in advance. It contained a clear image of his footprint and the following words:

Walk a little slower Daddy
Said a child so small,
I’m following in your footsteps
And I don’t want to fall

Sometimes your steps are very fast
Sometimes they’re hard to see
So walk a little slower, Daddy
For you are leading me

Someday when I’m all grown up
You’re what I want to be
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me

And I would want to lead just right
And know that I was true
So walk a little slower, Daddy
For I must follow you.


I’m also reminded of the chorus from the song, I Want To Be Just Like You, by Phillips, Craig & Dean:

Lord, I want to be just like You
‘Cause he wants to be just like me
I want to be a holy example
For his innocent eyes to see
Help me be a living Bible, Lord
That my little boy can read
I want to be just like You
‘Cause he wants to be like me

To all the fathers out there, have a wonderful Father’s Day.

Please also remember and pray for those who are without fathers today and, keep in mind…

…little eyes are watching your every footstep.


(Image: Caleb the cowboy)