In 1993 … the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York was remodeled. As the workers moved a display cabinet, they found an old photograph tucked behind the case. It was a picture of a man in a baseball uniform with the words “Sinclair Oil” across the shirt. Stapled to the picture was a note that said, “You were never too tied to play ball. On your days off, you helped build the Little League field. You always came to watch me play. You were a Hall of Fame Dad. I wish I could share this moment with you.”
After an investigation … it seems that the ballplayer in the picture was the Father of the man who was proud of his father. He believed he deserved a special recognition. So … he decided to honor his father by holding his own little ceremony to induct his Dad into the Hall of Fame.
That son was saying, “Dad, you deserve a place along side the best. You were a Hall of Fame Father.” Most of us fathers will never be Hall of Fame businessmen. We will never be Hall of Fame politicians…Hall of Fame Money-makers….Hall of Fame coaches and teachers, but we can succeed in that area in life that matters most. As a matter of fact, many of the men that receive career accolades are failures as fathers anyway.
Several weeks ago I was listening to a sports talk show in Miami, and the commentator was discussing the subject of Tiger Woods. The gist of his argument was this: Tiger was a terrible father, a terrible husband, a terrible person and that’s what made him great at golf. Being a great golfer was not conducive to being a great family man. The attention, time, practice, energy and lifestyle to be great in his profession led him to a neglect of his family duties.
Unfortunately, I somewhat agreed with what the man said. All of us as fathers have a choice to make. As for me, I intend with the help of the Lord to lead a balanced life and be the father my children need to have and the husband my wife needs me to be. I cannot do that without investing in my family.
I want to be a Hall of Fame Dad! How about you?