I’m sitting here in the hospital just trying to process everything that has happened in the last couple days. It’s a little overwhelming. I’m now officially a father!
All sorts of different emotions, thoughts, and ideas are going through my head. Some good, some weird, some that would make you think, “are you out of your mind?”
The answer is obviously, yes. But give me a break– I haven’t slept more than a few hours in the last two days!
So as I process through all that has happened and how my life has changed, I came up with 9 things I can do now that I’m a father.
1. Killer sermon illustrations about fatherhood
I love me a good real-life sermon illustration! And especially love the ones where a pastor shares how his journey as a father has revealed so much about how God is a father to us. You know, the ones that kind of hit you right in the chest and cause you to have to pretend you have something in your eye. That’s what I’m talking about.
I already feel like my perspective is widening, but I can’t wait to think of one of those “knock-em-dead” kind of sermon illustrations.
2. Memorize all the verses that talk about beating your kids
I’m just kidding! Calm down all you non-spankers, and don’t send me an email about how Dr. Soandso says [this], and child psychologists recommend [such-and-such]. I’m just kidding.
I’m not going to beat my kids. I’m just going to show them I don’t hate them by introducing them to Proverbs 13:24 when needed! If you think that’s wrong– take it up with God.
3. Tell parents-to-be how much sleep they’re going to lose
If I had $1 for every time someone told me about how I’m going to lose sleep when my baby is born, his college would already be paid for.
— Dustin W. Stout (@DustinWStout) November6, 2011
I don’t want to deny any parent-to-be the experience I had when everyone and their mother was telling me to “get your sleep in now“, and “once the baby is born, kiss your sleep goodbye.” I’m really looking forward to this. Really.
4. Watch cartoons and play with toys
In my wife’s words, “we get to be kids again“. I didn’t know what she meant right away, then I realized that most adults don’t watch cartoons and play with toys regularly like I do. Now I have an excuse!
5. Change poopy diapers
I didn’t say all these things were going to be fun. I could probably also add in getting thrown up on, drooled all over, and peed on. Ah, the glamorous part of parenthood!
6. Say “no” to events that are lame
Without having to make up an even lamer excuse. I foresee my little boy bailing us out of many a lame shin-dig. On the other hand, I’m sure he’ll be keeping us from some pretty cool shin-digs too. Ah well…
7. Go to Disnelyand way more often
Rina and I didn’t go to Disneyland enough in our first year of marriage. Having a child automatically doubles (at the very least) the amount of Disneyland trips you must take per year. This should be a given.
8. Tweet from the perspective of a baby
I got evicted today. It may have been cramped, but it was home.
— Judah Stout (@JudahStout) December4, 2011
9. Look at this perfect face every single day
I know that every parent says that their baby is the cutest baby in the world, but honestly– that’s just because they’ve never seen my little man! This guy makes Hansel and Zoolander look like Shrek and Donkey. Look out ladies!
There are many more benefits that come with being a father that I have yet to uncover. As I walk through this new season of life I hope to capture what God is doing through me in hopes that it will encourage you, inspire you, warn you, and ultimately give God the glory he deserves.
So far, I can honestly say there is nothing like being given the blessing of a child. I’m truly blessed beyond my capacity to comprehend.
Are there any of these things that you can relate to? What are some things you would add to the list? You can leave a comment by clicking here.