Good father - Great father

Signs of the Times, September 2015  

There's a big difference between a good father and a great father.

While having a good father by far out ranks either having an abusive father or none at all, you may be surprised to hear there's somewhat a big difference between a good dad and a great one.

Here are some examples:

A good father can cook an enjoyable dinner for his kids. A great father can cook an enjoyable dinner that has some sort of nutritional value for his kids.

A good father remembers when it's his turn to pick up his kids from school. A great father remembers before every other child has already been picked up.

A good dad has a collection of tried and true jokes to tell their children's friends when they visit. A great father knows the same jokes but never tells them.

A good father can entice their kids to do the dishes. A great father can do this without making threats or extravagant promises.

A good dad helps his kids with their homework. A great dad will too, but won't make up answers to questions he doesn’t actually know.

A good dad always looks pleased with any Father's Day gifts that come his way. A great dad will also use or display such gifts at least once before it ‘magically’ disappears.

A good dad will play cricket in the backyard with his kids. A great dad won't bowl underarm when their child needs six to win off the last bowl before dinner ends play.

A good dad will ask for directions to the caravan park when geographically challenged on the family holiday. A great dad will ask for directions before several hours of travelling in a geographically challenged state passes.

A good father gets up in the middle of the night when the baby is crying. A great father will also go smooth the crying baby, not just wake up mum to go smooth the baby while he makes a personal bathroom visit.

A good dad empties the rubbish bins for the family. A great dad empties the rubbish bins before receiving 12 reminders or at the sound of the rubbish truck arriving at the neighbours house.

A good dad will keep the grass on the front lawn short. A great dad will use a lawn mower to keep the front lawn short and not his ute - parking on a different area of lawn each evening to flatten it.

A good dad can fix anything. A great dad can fix anything without any trips to the emergency ward.

A good did will change their child's nappy without being asked. A great dad will also changes nappies after it’s been soiled.

A good dad will notice mum's new haircut. A great dad will notice mum's new haircut AND indicate he's noticed with a statement like 'Your hair looks incredible! I hope you paid them handsomely because I have never EVER seen hair so beautiful!', or better.

A good father frequently takes his learner driver kids out for a driving lesson. A great father also lets them have a turn at driving, not just watch:

I could go on, (but a great dad doesn't).

Interestingly the God of the Bible is referred to as our 'father in heaven'.

Now, if He were a good father in heaven, he would feel hurt over our pain and suffering. But if He were a great father in heaven, he would feel hurt over our pain and suffering AND have a long term plan implemented to free us from a world of sin and injustice.

For the record, we have a great father in heaven.


All items on this site are written by Scott Wegener, a multi award-winning Australian creative writer, specialising in fun Christian dramas and articles. He believes in looking on the lighter side of life while still valuing the eternal seriousness of life's decisions. This site is essentially a place Scott stores his works, sometimes without much copy-editing (do forgive any spelling/grammar creativity you spot on this site that comes free of charge due to his slight dyslexia).