Each week we feature a new dad from our community, in a segment called #FeaturedFatherFriday
Tell us about yourself
My name is Anthony Edwards. I have a 13 month old boy named Isaiah. Living in Omaha, NE but originally from the East Coast, and I help other companies work through their employee engagement strategies.
What has been your most memorable #Dadtired moment?
My most memorable ‘#DadTired’ moment took place right after my son was born. I was exhausted...he was a terrible sleeper. In the early hours of the morning I held him and just watched him sleep. As I stared at him, all could think about was how much I loved him and how proud I was of him, all because he held the title of being my son. He didn’t have to earn a thing, I loved him regardless. In that moment, I felt God pose a question to me: “Do you believe I love you for the same reasons? Not because you’ve earned anything, not because of anything you can do for me, but because I’m your Daddy.” It floored me. It gave me a whole new depth of understanding how God sees me and loves me. It allowed me to experience a new level of enjoying his love. My baby boy helped me understand God’s perspective in a fresh and profound new way and I’ll never forget it. Amazing how God can work through sleep deprivation.
Best parenting advice you've ever received?
The first and best piece of advice I received was that protecting and investing in my marriage was the best thing I could do for my son. Second best piece of advice was “babies are more durable than they look, don’t be scared.” :)
What area of your life do you want to be more like Jesus? How do you plan on getting there?
Being more missional. I recently heard that from a pastor I respect, that we have to be careful of having a knowledge idolatry and an application apathy. It hit me hard. Whether it be through my church, my neighborhood, my workplace, wherever, I want to work on doing more with what I know about Him and how he lived. Not just being a consumer of knowledge but applying it. Jesus lead by doing and loving well, I desire to be more like Jesus by leading my family in this area. It’s a muscle that needs to grow.
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