Not many of us are as tough as Navy Seals (or we’d be Navy Seals) and not all guys want to be. That’s cool. The action scenes are just plain awesome and there’s an interplay of technology and courage and skill and physicality that boggles the mind.  Glad these guys are on our side!

There’s a scene that sticks in my mind probably more than any other in the movie. The first mission is just getting started and the two main Seals in the movie are walking to the back of the aircraft that they’re going to parachute out of in the black of night; one says to the other…“The only thing better than this is being a dad.” What? Read that again.

Astonishing. I mean, you won’t find a line like that in any other movie from Hollywood.  What’d he say? “The only thing better than this is being a dad.” Guys who jump out of perfectly good airplanes, hike through jungles knee deep in water infested with poisonous snakes, face an unknown enemy armed with automatic weapons on their turf, have gotta love adventure and danger. Well, guys do love adventure (I’m living on the fumes of less than 5 hours of sleep last night because I went out gator hunting again with my sons and a friend. Why? Adventure!)  But I’m with the Navy Seal: adventures are good, golf is fun, mountain climbing is great, but being a dad is a greater adventure and more rewarding. What that Navy Seal said is revelation from God.

If you have the opportunity to be a dad, you’re on a wild ride for sure, but view that ride as an adventure!

Check this out:

“And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up”

(Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

You have been entrusted with the point man role in developing your kids.

Why is being a dad an awesome adventure?

1. Great Adventures demand training.

I love to train for adventures.  You gotta train hard physically and spiritually, emotionally and relationally, to be a great dad.  It’s demanding, but it makes you a way better man when you realize you’re training to help, save, protect, develop and send out the future generation of Christians.  The Father makes us better when we train to train our kids.  A man has to become nurturing, a leader, a lover, a warrior, a disciplinarian, a teacher, a theologian, a teacher, a laugher to be a great dad.  To be a great dad you need to continue to learn to be a good husband.  Ah, there’s so much more than those qualities.  Being a dad demands many acts of valor for which you must train and training makes you better to make others better.

2. You get to develop the generation next.

Want to be heard? Want to make a difference? Do you want to help our country, our world? Want to leave a legacy in this world? You will, truly, leave a legacy! Want to break the cycle of a bad childhood yourself? Build great kids who follow Jesus, and you will be heard. I think one of the great acts of valor is producing great kids for a needy world.

3. You get to love and be loved.

Dads who father well, with grace, develop the grace of loving. In return, if you invest long enough, you’ll be loved not only by those little kids who throw their arms around your neck when you come home from work at the end of the day, but who love you when they become adults and who are your best friends. Loving involves many acts of valor.

There’s much more of course.

Oh, big Bertha (the monster gator) was hauled in this morning.  I wasn’t there.  My son and our friend John hauled it in.  Over 10 feet is a big gator.  Smiles all around.  The long night last night paid off this morning when they went out there again.  Adventure for sure…what a rush!  When a gator goes into its death spin and water is flying and teeth are flashing and the tail that can snap your leg is swinging like a wrecking ball…when ropes and harpoons are tangled and twisted and the gator snorts…adventure!

What’s better than that is being a dad. Embrace the adventure and change the world!

Strength and Courage,

Pete