Fathers and daughters
Jason Nelson

I have two daughters who stole my heart on day one. I also have two sons, and they’re okay too. We’re buddies. We work together, play together, laugh a lot, and engage in regular one-upmanship—everything dads do with boys when they become men. But it’s a different kind of privilege to be the father of daughters.

God intends the father-daughter relationship to be the purest and most significant male-female relationship in the human experience. A father affirms the femininity and beauty of his daughter. He shows her affection without any sexual overtones. The father’s integrity gives a daughter a moral compass. She knows what standards to hold other men to. A father is the best advocate for his daughter’s competence and lets her know anything is possible. He coaches her in developing her talents to do what she thought was impossible. Christian fathers want their daughters to be full voiced in expressing their faith with self-confidence no matter the circumstances of their lives.

Rulers of old put their best foot forward when they sent daughters to represent them. It was a big deal if their daughters were there. “Daughters of kings are among your honored women” (Psalm 45:9). No one reflects what a man is all about better than his daughters do. My daughters will always have my heart. They make me feel like a king.


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