Greg Vaughn is a father, a grandfather, and the founder of Letters from Dad. Welcome to the program, Greg.
Mike, it’s a privilege to be with you today.
Saying “I love you” to our wives and children might seem like a small thing, but it can have a huge impact. Greg, why is it so important for fathers to verbalize their love?
Mike, the verbalization of our blessing is so critically important. Letters from Dad really rests upon two pillars: one, it’s the written words of blessing; the other one is the spoken words of blessing. I have the privilege of visiting with men all over the nation, and you can’t imagine the number of fathers that say, “You know, I really try to do what you’re saying. I tell my kids I love them all the time. I only wish one thing—I wish I could have heard that from my father. I never did.” And you know, it makes a huge impact in our lives as fathers and men when we don’t get the blessing. There are 78 million baby boomers out in our world today, and most of them never heard those cherished words, “I love you; you are the treasure of my life; life would not be complete without you.” And so I encourage every father to do that—to speak words of praise, words of high value—speak words that verbalize your feelings.
What a great point. And next time, we’ll talk to Greg about why this can be so difficult to do. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.