I want to raise sons who would leave an opportunity of a lifetime to be with their wives when their children are born.

My wife and I are really into the NBC series “This is Us.” I mean, we kind of have to be. It’s about the Pearson family. The most recent episode (original air date – 02.09.2021) is accurately titled “There.” The entire show features a look back at how Jack Pearson was there for his son, Kevin; and Kevin who now wants to be like his dad – be there for the mother of his almost born twins. Kevin leaves an acting dream opportunity with Robert Deniro, after having learned his fiance is in labor. Why does he do it? Because Jack Pearson was always there for him.

I want to raise sons who would leave an opportunity of a lifetime to be with their wives when their children are born.

The longer I live, the more I understand that Jack Pearson was a unicorn. There simply aren’t many dads out there who were/are there for their kids. I know because my dad is a unicorn. He was/is the same way. I am beyond blessed/graced/lucky(?) to have my own Jack Pearson (except his name is Steve).

But if I’m not careful, this post will go where I don’t intend for it to go. This isn’t about Jack or Steve or Kevin Pearson. This is about what I am doing now. This is about what I am on a campaign to challenge other dads to do now: BE THERE FOR YOUR KIDS. Raise sons who would leave an opportunity of a lifetime to be with their wives when their children are born. Raise daughters who want to marry a man who would gladly leave an opportunity of a lifetime to be with her in labor. Dads, lets raise kids who will never question whether or not we were/are there.

To be sure, “This is Us” is not a Christian television show. There’s no mention of church or Jesus or God or Christian values (unless a name is taken in vain). But I don’t know of a more Christian theme than being there. Being present. Being with. Being for. Immanuel – “God with us.” Jesus – the One who came. The One is was there. The One who is there now. The One who will always be there. The One who didn’t wait for us to come be with Him. No. He came and made a way to be there – here – with us.

Christian, if you think about it – THIS IS US. We are chips off the ole block. The Spirit within us cries, “Abba, Father!” the One who is there. Dads, I don’t know what kind of dad you had. He may have been like Jack Pearson. Or he may be better described as Homer Simpson. Either way, we can’t change that now. But we can for our children. Whatever it looks like – be THERE.

I really want to raise sons who would leave an opportunity of a lifetime to be with their wives when their children are born. Don’t you?