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by Caroline Lusk
Becoming the man of God your children need
around this time of year, we thought we’d chat with some
dads who are doing their best to get it right. Mark Hall
of Casting Crowns and Russ Lee and Matt Goodwin from
Newsong all have multiple kids, multiple roles to juggle
and a singular focus on being the dads they have been
called to be.
“We take the role of daddies and husbands seriously,” says
Matt. “And we respect how much our wives take care of
things when we’re gone. And when we’re home we try to
pay it back.”
Mark Hall echoes the thought.
“I don’t have hobbies,” he says. “I don’t spend time on
a golf course or in front of the TV. I’m with my kids. That’s
what my dad did right and that’s what I wanna do right.”
Much like Mark, Russ and Matt and the other members
of Newsong have had good examples in the camp of
manning up to the call of husband and father.
“Eddie [Carswell] and the other founding members
of the group made sure their families were always their
priority,” says Russ. ”There was never any question about
It’s hard to overstate the importance of the father within
the family and the lives of children. In 2011, it’s very often
assumed that mom makes the household run. She keeps
the schedules, teaches lessons, make sure everyone is fed,
clean and delivered to the appropriate places on time and,
whether she works an additional job outside the home or
not, it’s pretty evident that mom is key to the survival of
So…what about dad?
Breadwinner? Ok. That role is sometimes assumed.
Emotionally critical to the health of the kids and wife?
Without question, although that role is more often than
not ignored, forgotten or written off because there’s just
Dads are crucial. Sons need to learn how to become
men. Daughters need a man to help them understand who
they are as women and to foster a sense of confidence
that can only come from a male figure.
And mom…words can’t begin to describe how much
she needs (whether she appears to or not) a support, a
confidante, a shelter and a love she can experience.
Dad, you’re important. And since Father’s Day is right
Russ Lee and family