A Messed Up Model

I remember getting a model car as a kid and trying to put all the pieces in the right place to match the picture.  I had the right glue, the right paint color, all the pieces were in the box, but when my model car was finished it looked far from perfect.

This week has been a tough week surrounded in turmoil.  I have had a lot of tough situations arise and I definitely could have handled some of them better.  Not unlike the model car I placed parts in the wrong place, didn’t quite get the clear picture that I was aiming for.  At the end of the week my model car again ended far from perfect but it is far from finished.

Today is Fathers Day, it has given me some good self reflection time and inspired great thoughts and memories of my dad.  This year I have taken on a father figure role that is sure to be one of the most difficult tasks of my life.  My proposal to Leslie also brings an amazing 10 years old young man named Seth into my life and house.  Leslie and Seth have been staying with me for around six months now.  Financial situations drove us to move in together before we officially get hitched in August.  I have had to take a crash course in parenting, fortunately Seth’s father is still a big part of his life and he stays with him half the time.  So for me the half of the time that we have him I want to be a better model and strive to be a better person for him and Leslie.  It is a challenge I look forward to.  Leslie’s other kids aren’t quite kids anymore but want to makes sure I support them (hopefully not financially, haha) in times of need as well.

I was thinking in Church this morning about my role as an instructor in the gym, and how to can be a figure of guidance.  I have been given the opportunity to play a role in so many peoples lives.  With that role comes lots of pressure and responsibility and that too I strive to be better at this year.

So what does the picture on the box that I am trying to mimic in my life look like?  Well I am fortunate to say it looks a lot like my dad.   I remember as a kid my dad would finish every prayer before dinner with “and help us to be more like you.”   My dad’s faith is very evident in his life and is the biggest gift he could have given me.  I’d say the verse that describes my dad the most is James 1:19

19This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God

I admire so much my pops outlook on life and it is focused on God, relationships and experiences.  He strolls through life with a smile on his face, and you would think if you saw him that this man is living a life in paradise.  Although I know he would acknowledge plenty of mistakes, I’d say his model car that he has built looks almost perfect to me.  Love you Dad Happy Fathers Day!

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One Response to “A Messed Up Model”

  1. Pam Ingold says:

    Awwwwww….make me cry! Beautifully said!

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