Father’s Day thoughts

Last month, I stated that you are not alone if family dynamics make Mother’s Day a little interesting for you every year. Well… Father’s Day is no different… and for some it’s even more so. Perhaps you grew up in a single-parent household like I did. My mom was, and still is, an awesome person. But, she was not my dad, she was my mom. I spent most of my teenage and young adult years trying to ‘find’ my dad. I knew where he was. I knew who he was. But I always felt a bit lost without him actively in my life. My grandfather O’Brien was aware of this void, and he became my hero and mentor growing up.


For some, it’s their father, grandfather, or stepfather. For others, it might be a teacher, coach, or mentor. Perhaps it’s a pastor, rabbi, or priest. Whoever it is, every child needs positive and healthy male role models. The lack of such individuals in the lives of young people – especially young men – is something addressed in 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by the psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson. I read this New York Times bestseller last year and found it worthy of my time, and applicable to our times.


The following quotes are intended to inspire your relationships surrounding Father’s Day this year.


  • I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers. – Rev. T. D. Jakes
  • My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ – Michael Jordan
  • Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. – Wade Boggs
  • I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle, a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing. – Mark Wahlberg
  • My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. – Tiger Woods
  • I was raised in the greatest of homes… just a really great dad, and I miss him so much… he was a good man, a real simple man… Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun. – Max Lucado
  • I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids. – Bo Jackson


Happy & Blessed Father’s Day,

Ch O


Chaplain, Maj John O’Brien

115th Fighter Wing Chaplain Corps

Truax Field, Madison, WI

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