I came across this quote the other day by John Wooden, a renowned basketball coach.
“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
It struck a deep chord within me, as I reflected upon our marriage and parenting journey over the past few years. In our society and culture in Singapore, we often see a father as the provider, protector, and strength of the family. Granted, many mothers today also play these roles to varying extents.
And as I think about this simple quote, I realise that the roles and responsibilities that a father often shoulders are in actual fact so closely linked to, and can be boiled down to this one thing — LOVING HIS WIFE. He can’t fully provide if the marriage love is in shambles, neither can he fully protect.
But when the love within the marriage is strong, even when trials and challenges present themselves, the family stands a good fighting chance of weathering them together.
So today, I just want to express my thankfulness and love for the man in my house — my God-fearing, loving and also laughter-inducing husband, who also helps out with the kids as much as he can.
Although we may be walking through some challenging circumstances right now, I know things will be alright. As long as we walk hand-in-hand, our hearts open to God in obedience, He will surely carry us through.
A loving marriage is the foundation of a strong, healthy family. Do you agree?
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