By: Jonathan Campbell

As Father’s Day soon approaches, I am reminded of how much of an influence my Dad has had on my life. This has come in the form of teaching, encouraging, his prayers or simply how to say ‘no’ to solicitors who can’t take ‘no thank you’ for an answer (a valuable life lesson might I add).

My father’s passion for cycling inspired my love for it too… although cycling of a different kind (unicycling). I am thankful for my father’s support in all the things that I have wanted to partake in in life (not to the exclusion of my mother… but Mom, your day was last month, haha J) I often wonder what it’s like for my Dad to put up with me each day.

Ephesians 6:1-3 says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and your mother… that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

I can hear my father as I write this, (“well done son, I see you living to be in your 120s”).

All kidding aside, perhaps most importantly, my father has shown me what it is to be a godly man by living it out each day. This is manifested in the love he shows for my mom as spoken of in Ephesians 5:25-33 and his love for Jenn, Sam and me.

My prayer is that one day I’ll be able to emulate the qualities instilled in my father when I am the head of my own family. I love you Dad, with all my heart.