24 Reasons I Love My Dad

Because today is my Dad’s 24th Father’s Day, here are 24 reasons I love my dad.

I love you Dad!  Happy Father’s Day!

1.  He loves Jesus.
2.  He loves my mom.
3.  He unwaveringly leads, provides for, and protects our family.
4.  He understands that God’s will for my life is not always what he wants.
5.  He supports me in ministry — financially, prayerfully, and emotionally.
6.  He taught me how to swing a bat, throw a baseball, and shoot a basketball. 
7.  He works hard on the job and at home.
8.  He prays for Mom, my siblings, and me every day.
9.  He’s very clean and organized, and he showed me how to be like that.
10.  He plans amazing vacations and makes them fun.
11.  He takes me out to lunch (and pays) whenever he visits Lincoln.
12.  He didn’t give up on me when I was probably worth giving up on. 
13.  He’s never made me do one thing in my life; he simply gives strong advice to do what’s right. 
14.  He’s laid back and fun-loving.
15.  He tolerates us when we get a little crazy during family game time. 
16.  He exercises and eats well.
17.  He’s excited that I want to be a pastor and writer.
18.  He continually seeks the Lord for direction in his job and personal ministry.
19.  He enjoys music (and musicals!). 
20.  He’s not obsessed with making a lot of money, and he knows the importance of living practically.
21.  He serves without expecting to be repaid.
22.  He loves the outdoors, but is a city-slicker at heart (as am I). 
23.  He knows that he is far from perfect and freely admits it.
24.  He makes me want to be a great husband and father to my wife and kids. 


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Doug says:

    Would you love him if he did not do all those things? I guess I am questioning the title “24 reasons I Love My Dad”. These are great things to celbrate and be thankful for; not reasons to love (your Dad). It could sound to some as if love is “perfomance based. I know you don’t believe that and probably not what you are implying. I just know a lot of people, some who are struggling to know what “Love” really is, read this blog. Blessings.


  2. james says:


    I guess I don’t really understand your point. Perhaps I should have said, “24 reasons I’m *thankful* for my dad”? I don’t know that it would have made much of a difference.

    Love isn’t performance based, of course not. I didn’t say that, nor did I imply that. This blog was simply a Father’s Day note to my dad. I think you might be reading into it a bit too much.

    God says, “I love you because you are a sinner. I love you because my Son died for you.” Those are reasons, but it doesn’t mean God’s love is conditional. In the same way, I say, “I love you, Dad, because you love Jesus.” It’s a reason, but it doesn’t make the love I have for my dad conditional. Furthermore, if one of these things didn’t exist, it wouldn’t mean that I don’t love my dad.

    In the Bible, we read, “All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies” (Psalm 119:119) and “I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer” (Psalm 18:1-2a). These illustrate a heart that cries, “I love you, Lord, because…” Yet, should our love for God not mimic his for us? Should ours not be unconditional? Should we not love God despite the circumstance? Yes! But, God gives us reasons to say, “I love you!” It’s not unbiblical to pray, “Lord, we love you for sending your Son to die for our sins and save us from sin, death, and hell.”

    Does that make sense? I don’t want to try to defend myself, and I can understand that a lot of people struggle to know what love is, but I don’t really think there’s anything inherently wrong with what I wrote.


  3. Ron says:

    Happy Fathers Day Dad

    I love my Dad because:
    1.) He ruined the best years of my life from age 9-16 (and still going)
    2.) He drank behind our backs
    3.) He told he would stop but he didn’t
    4.) He took advantage of me and my siblings and Mom
    5.) He took us for granted
    6.) He ruined a 20 year marriage
    7.) He kicked us out of our house and left us dirt poor
    8.) We paid over $100,000 to help fix him but it never worked
    9.) He laughed in my face when I cried and he was drunk
    10.) He hit me when I stood up to him
    11.) He says that he’s sorry and He will get fxed but that never happens
    12.) and then when the day is all over and the crying has been done he acts like nothing happened the next day.

    Dad, I hope that huge gash in your forehead hurts

    There is no God….

    Ps: And in case you thought I really loved my Dad still and that I think he is a good person for trying to get help but never actually doing it your not right. I figured I would explain that because your biased opinions seem to think that there is good in everyone, but thats untrue


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  4. Jon says:

    I love what you wrote about your Father. He sounds like a loving and patient man.

    Ignore the negativity from other readers and don’t let it change your approach. This was a beautiful post and it warmed my heart to read it.


  5. ainsley says:

    i love your 24 reasons!! your dad seems amazing and don’t let negative comments bring you down! Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy! of course he would send people to discourage your blog. thank God for good dads!


  6. Wow. This is absolutely precious. I’m preparing to preach this Sunday on Father’s day and came across this awesome tribute to your Dad. Thanks for the encouragement!


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