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Ronaldlong

Ronald is the Middle School Pastor at Wayside Chapel in San Antonio, TX. He has a beautiful wife named Bekah and three girls: Sophie, Penny and Ruth. He eats Mexican food at every opportunity, plays video games, blogs, and writes. Check out 128ministries.org to see some of his other Bible studies.

We were headed to the babysitter’s house the other day in my truck before I went to work. It’s a pretty neat time for just the two of us-my oldest daughter and I hanging out in the truck and talking it up before the day gets going. Normally we joke, and goof off, and just enjoy each other’s company.

Every once and awhile we get serious.

Like when she asked the question:

“Daddy, how can I be like you?”

First and foremost, my heart melted.

I’ve been a little mushy recently. I love my girls (all three of them) and I feel so blessed to be Bekah’s husband and Sophie and Penny’s dad. I’ve made special efforts, recently, to let Sophie know how much I love her. She’s such a treasure to me. I take my job as her dad seriously. I get one shot at being “dad” and I want to make a lasting (albeit imperfect I know) impact on her life.

So when she asked me that as she rode next to me in my truck, I just couldn’t get over how great it is to be a dad. My daughter’s father.

And I was also convicted about how important it is.

My reply to her was to “Watch what I do and do what I do.”

Later, I hope she’ll understand that this is what I mean:

1 Corinthians 11:1-

“Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.”

I pray I’ll have a faith and life worth imitating!

What kind of faith do your kids see in you worth imitating?

Ronald / @ronald_long

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