As a father of two young adults, a 20 year old daughter and a 19 year old son, I've seen the incredible value in time with your family while they're young. A long time ago I remember hearing that kids don't spell love based on things that you can give them, kids spell love as TIME. I was a young father. Married one year after graduating from college. Still a kid myself trying to navigate the world of adulting. I had a lot of dreams and aspirations. One dream in particular was to have a beautiful family. I met my wife in college, yes, I married my college sweetheart and we have been married for 22 years! Within one year of our marriage we were expecting our first child. I recall hearing from my friends that my life was over. It was at this time that I remembered how my father always demonstrated his love and care for us by being present. I was planning on pursuing my desire for working in the entertainment industry at the same time that I was newly married and expecing our first child. It was at this time that I made the decision to this dream on hold to be a present father. I believed that if my other dream was meant to be that one day it would come back but I had the incredible opportunity to be a present father . I chose my wife and children. I was the dad who attended the donuts with dads at the school. I was present at parent day at the school with my kids. I coached the little league teams. I went on the field trips. I helped with the homework. I was at the recitals and games, even to the point of getting into trouble at my job for being present for my family. That's how passionate I am about my family and my calling. Over the years, I've seen a close bond develop between my son and my daughter. I firmly believe it's because I realized that my presence makes just as big an impact in my son and daughter's lives as the income I can bring home from work. I am happy to share that after 20 years of sacrificing my personal dream of working in the entertainment industry that it has come back to me. I'm grateful to God for honoring me for prioritizing the needs of my family and my role as a father. The presence of a man in the house is more powerful than any corporate bonus, house, car, or trip that we can ever give our children. Be encouraged that as we honor our commitments as fathers and love our children unconditionally that God will bless our families and we will create a heritage the doesn't rust or is prone to corruption!
Rodney Damon Collins is an American Actor, Speaker, and Author who has been married for 22 years. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University and has traveled to Monrovia, Liberia to build schools in addition to his time in Ecuador. You can find his shows on several networks including streamming platforms on Amazon Prime Video. He plans to use his platform to continue to touch the lives of the youth of the world and drawing them to a closer relationship with God.