I Love You Daddy

John Foley —  April 20, 2011

“Daddy, I love you.” *silence* “Daddy, I love you!”

” I love you too buddy.”

“I told you this many times. Two. You didn’t say yours first time. Why?”

The above was a short conversation I had with my four year old son this morning. The conversation was very short but had a very strong impact on me. Kids want to know that they are loved.

My post will be as short as this conversation, but I hope it will also have a strong impact and will spark some conversation.

How do you show kids that you love them? The room may be packed, or it may only have a handful of kids, but it is still our responsibility to show each and every child that they are loved and appreciated. My goal is to never get so caught up in the experience (does the room look right, is the game cool enough or  am I cool enough) that I forget what it is all about. Our purpose is to show each and every child that they are not only loved by us, but by a great God that loves them so much and has great plans for them.

So how do you do it? How do you show each child that they are loved?

John Foley

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John is a husband and father to two wonderful, energetic, world changing kids. He is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Common Ground Church in Tulsa, OK where he teaches kids from 2nd to 5th grade. During the work week you will find John at a local credit union but inside he is dreaming of ways to impact a kid’s life and of course all the cool gadgets that are about to be released.

One response to I Love You Daddy

  1. John,
    Great article! A gentle reminder that EVERYONE wants to be loved!

    For the last few weeks I have been sending the kids in my fourth and fifth grade class a hand written note, thanking them for being them! I especially wanted to send the notes to the kids that do not recieve alot of postive kudos! Easy to do with alot of kids feeling better about themselves!

    Tonya