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New Territory

Thinking about new things in life can be tough.

I have many new things and things that were once new that I could talk about. I’m a convert to Christianity and Catholicism. I could talk about that for a while.

We also recently moved to a new house. I could talk about all the fun that goes into moving for a while too.

I could talk about the new journey I am taking with some friends of mine. You may have heard John and Matt talk about it on a podcast: Exodus 90. They explain it much more eloquently and in much more detail than I could here.

No, the new thing I am going to talk about is my children.

Now, before you get excited, we are not expecting and we did not recently have a baby. My children come to mind because there was a time in my life when I wasn’t sure I wanted children. I am the youngest of 6 and my parents told me that I was a “surprise.”

I was an uncle at 13 and I didn’t grow up near my niece and nephew. I learned to change diapers watching YouTube. I never thought I could live up to the standards of my father.

Could you imagine if God had this same mentality when creating mankind? Can you imagine Him questioning if He ever wanted to be our father? Think about Him sitting there questioning if He would be a good father or not. It’s laughable.

Just like He can’t imagine a life without me, I can’t imagine a life without my children.

When I’m lost and I need help, I go to my Heavenly Father for guidance just like when my kids are lost and need help, they come to me. I’m thankful the issues I have to handle are helping with math homework and changing batteries. My kids’ problems are miniscule compared to the problems of God’s children.

It was foolish of me to question whether or not I had it in me to be a father because our Father knew all along that he was going to bless me with four beautiful, life-filled children to make His disciples and one saint in Heaven watching over us. I thank Him every day for this vocation.

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Daniel Green

Daniel Green is a Catholic, husband, father, son, brother, friend, physician assistant, sports enthusiast, and has-been golfer. His goal is to study the faith more and to read something other than Dr. Seuss.

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