Doug LowryAmong the privileges of my life is knowing many good men, and among them some remarkable fathers. One unifying theme springs to mind that unites the great dads: gratitude.

Good fathers are grateful for their children. They know that that despite – and maybe because of – the challenges of fatherhood, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively influence the lives of others. Countless studies confirm common sense, that dads matter in the lives of children. Those of us blessed to be fathers know that we receive even more than we give. It’s the way it works.

So in thinking about Father’s Day this year, here are just a couple seriously random thoughts:

  • I remember people asking about the sex of the baby when my wife was expecting, and agreeing that it doesn’t matter, “so long as it’s healthy.” Nonsense. Non-perfectly-healthy kids are still radical, awesome, amazing blessings.
  • Even when it seems like your teenage children (we once had four simultaneously) are conspiring to give you a coronary, there is really nothing they can do that will make you love them less. Nothing.
  • My youngest daughter is fascinated with the TV show “19 Kids and Counting.” We only have eight children, so she likes seeing how a large family operates. Even if you’re tempted, don’t make fun of Jim Bob. He’s a great father.
  • The summit of fatherhood is grandfatherhood. I’m literally waiting by the phone, hoping for a call that could come any time now from my oldest son. His wife is expecting at any second. I couldn’t possibly be more excited!
  • Dads need the example of other dads to figure things out. Our world lost one of the best examples ever this past year in Fr. Ray Ryland, who used to tell me I did a great job picking my parents. Thankfully, my dad continues to be an amazing source of inspiration and encouragement.

On the last point, and in honor of Father’s Day this year, I’d like to share a video of my father, Dr. Douglas Lowry. He’s a retired professor of business and marketing from Franciscan University of Steubenville. His segment in the presentation is from the 20:40 mark to around 30:15. It’s well worth your time, and you’ll see why I’m so grateful not only to be a dad, but for my dad too.