Why I Love My Dad: Jack Frederick FeaturedWritten by Sarah Frederick Kodinsky -- Atlanta, GA Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:36
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My dad, Jack Frederick, is one-of-a-kind! He is a friend to everyone, a hero for the fatherless, a baby whisperer, a photography wizard, a rocket scientist, a papa extraordinaire and, most importantly, a man who fears the Lord.
I love my dad because he taught me to love God. He taught me with so much more than his words. I understand God's love largely because of watching my dad the past 37 years as I grew up. He lives his faith. He walks with God. He makes the tough decisions, sacrifices and does it with confidence and joy. He puts God first in our family. He prays for us and with us. He never misses a chance to be with the body. He teaches us to love the Bible. He teaches us to love our neighbor, our enemy and our friend. My dad loves others in actions and truth the way God loves the world. He has always parented us with grace and truth.
I love my dad because he is consistent. I have been able to rely on him for 37 years to be a rock of faith, a man of prayer, to be humble and seek wisdom and to strive to do the right thing. I love my dad because he apologizes when he messes up. He wants to do better. I love my dad because he shows me how to be a parent by his example. He has been a humble, gracious, faith-filled parent to me.
I love my dad because he is so much fun! He has so much fun with my three boys. He is the youngest of six boys and I love his spirit of adventure. I cannot imagine what his mama experienced raising those boys together! He knows how to be crazy and spontaneous and still plays Frisbee, shoots rockets and loves to travel all over the place. I love that my kids get to grow up around an older man of faith and see his example. He is not a boring Christian man; he is a man of passion and righteousness. I love that he takes time for his grandkids and so many other children because he loves the children the same way Jesus did.
My dad is truly one-of-a-kind. He did not grow up with an earthly father who taught him how to be a dad. But, he has obviously sat at the feet of a greater Father and learned from Him. Since he is a man who fears the Lord, he has been a father to me much like my Father in heaven is a Father to many. I love you, Daddy!
Sarah Frederick Kodinsky is a member of the North River Church of Christ.