MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

The Dad Difference

With Legacy under my belt with the first official Just Ask Joyce Hour on WFIA 94.7 FM, I am excited about the upcoming Father’s Day event.  I find it interesting, however, how few men …

With Legacy under my belt with the first official Just Ask Joyce Hour on WFIA 94.7 FM, I am excited about the upcoming Father’s Day event.  I find it interesting, however, how few men called in to comment on the legacy they would like to leave behind. I know one gentleman who reported he had tried to call, but the lines were tied up (by women). Consequently, he emailed me an awesome comment that I will read this week.  One other man emailed me earlier in the AM realizing he would not be able to listen to the show.  Other than that, I know of no man who was willing to spill forth his thoughts on legacy – at least over the air at that appointed time and show.

Could it be men give little thought to the concept? Perhaps it’s simply they concentrate more on providing in the first couple decades of marriage – providing an income, providing a nest-egg college fund, retirement fund, and, consequently, building a legacy through their financial skill.

I would rather think the reason men did not readily call in is because they just don’t get into calling in on a talk show. We all know the nonsense behind such a remark, but I did say “rather.”

Does a man not fully appreciate the difference he makes in a home? Does he understand the power he has within his control in the home? He is the one who instills not only fear, but also a respect for authority. Not the kind of fear where a child must be scared of being harmed. I have personally been there; it’s not pretty. But the kind of fear that my children would feel when they were told, “We’ll let Dad handle this one when he gets home.” It was the fear of disappointing their father, because they loved him so deeply! The “lecture” was far worse than any restriction or spanking (yes, we spanked – not beat, but spanked). Webby’s tender heart would break, and it was evident he was disturbed by the girls’ actions. They made certain they didn’t let him down in that area again.

Webby’s father made a difference in his life, and that is why Webby made a difference in our daughters’ lives – one that would carry them through a lifetime. He left his mark, and now they leave theirs in their families.

My dad made a difference, too. It is a different kind of story, though. I will be addressing this difference on my show on Sunday. I hope you’ll join. It’s a different take on Father’s Day. Feel blessed for the Dad Difference in your lives. Either way, it can be a win.  Tune in and find out how.

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