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Thought of the Day - What Difference Does a Daddy Make?
We just went to see Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks," which pulls the curtain back to allow moviegoers to learn how the beloved 1964 classic "Mary Poppins" almost didn’t make it to the silver screen because of the the author's reservations and fears of what Walt Disney would do to her beloved book. At first I was skeptical about watching a movie about Mary Poppins, but before the end credits started to roll, I was tearing up and feeling that this incredible film had made it to my top 10 list! From the writing to the acting to the cinematography, there was not a single thing that I was not captivated by!
As they flashed back and forth from 1961 to P.L. Travers' childhood, the director brilliantly illustrated what a difference a Daddy makes in the life of not only a child but also the entire family. The film shows what an involved, tender and very loving man her father was (at first) and how she cherished and idealized him. Unfortunately, decades later, the affects of alcoholism and a tragic event, plagued the author's life and paralyzed her from living her life.
In his book "What a Difference A Daddy Makes," Kevin Leman makes this bold statement:
A "study found that a father was essential for a woman to develop a sense of adequacy, self-esteem, life goals, and even feminine identification. Underparenting dads need to realize that they are emotionally crippling and relationally crippling their children."
Daddy's have the God-given responsibility to support and train up their children in the way that they should go (see Proverbs 22:6) and to be the best earthly example of what their heavenly father is like...that is the difference a "Daddy" makes!