Someone once told me that you don't have to be a good parent but you do need to be willing to become one. He told me that at a time, with our first child on the way, when I wondered if I had what it took to really care for kids and live as a parable of Jesus in front of them.
His words took a lot of pressure off.
I want to become a great father.
but, "become" is the key word
It's a process for me
and I haven't arrived yet
but the process of becoming looks like trying
....and that, among all my MANY ugly faults,
...I am doing