Children are constantly watching their parents and learning: how do they respond to stress, pain, and tough news? How do they follow Jesus? Is their relationship with Christ sincere? Being an only child, Jillian didn’t have the immediate support network of brothers and sisters. When her family went through a difficult time, it was her dad who showed her how to live Christ-like and remain in hope. This is what Jillian had to say:
“One of the most priceless things about my dad is his optimism. I am an only child and he has kept my family strong through difficult times; he kept hope and was someone I could confide in when my mom was diagnosed with cancer.
He was so supportive and loving through that time, even though I know he was going through a lot of pain, too. I remember sharing and letting myself be open with him after he’d buy me vanilla cookies from the vending machine.
Even more, he loves Jesus so much and provided me with the tools I needed to form a relationship with Christ myself.”
“Fathers . . . bring them [your children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” –Ephesians 6:4