We never really know just how much we love our Father until we ourselves become a Father.  Of course, we always love them but that love and respect goes much grows existentially as we find out just how hard they worked to raise us.  There is an amount nervous anxiety the day you find out about the arrival of a little one, but that arrival day is incredible, emotional, and exciting.

It’s that growing love and the growing love of our heavenly Father that brings me here today.  He has embraced me to grow spiritually and share with you our story.

I was down and out in 2011 with busted relationships, failed business ventures, I was losing my eye-sight in one eye and I felt no reason to go on.  On a nature walk, I reflected how 10 years prior, in a similar way,  I surrendered it all to God.  I gave my last $25 to a local church and the next day I was called back to work after a nine-month layoff.  That is when it hit me, God’s always faithful, I surrendered again, found and eye specialist who found the cataract and surgery soon followed.  I found my "mojo" at conferences I attended.  I continued to gain confidence and spoke at a conference in New Orleans that I had wanted to give up on.  When I surrendered I asked for far more than eyesight, I asked for vision!  Part of that vision included meeting Little Iron Mom, and more of that vision came with the arrival of mini-me.  Heston is nothing short of a miracle, as I was not supposed to be able to have children.  Now, becoming a father at a late age may not be the desires of many men, but it was the perfect timing for me and God works on His timing not ours.

I will spare the details for another day, but with his arrival, I knew I needed to be a better man.  The adage “if I can be half the man my father is” really hit home with me.  I needed not only to be in better physical condition, but emotionally and spiritually.   When I realized, I was a father, it really hit me at just how great my father is, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to realize that and tell him personally.

While I am no expert, I am still learning to parent every single day.  I have felt called to share the experience with others to be better dads, husbands, fathers, uncles, and friends; to be intentional and present every day for the best moments life offers.  As I have hit the half century point, I look back at my childhood and very few playthings stand out, but the memories made with my parents, grand-parents and little brother have lasted a lifetime, a lifetime without cellphones or Instagram.

I triple-dog dare you to join me in this journey and take steps to be intentional with the people around you!