As I put the finishing touches on a headboard I had made for our guestroom, my two boys and their friend Daniel came running into the garage looking for their bike helmets. Daniel stopped a few feet away from me and stared at what I was doing.
I asked him if he had ever done any woodworking, to which he answered no. I asked if he would like to use some of the tools. His smile widened as he enthusiastically nodded yes.
When Daniel went to ask permission from his mom, a single parent, she decided to come over and watch. It was a special moment for both of them.
Daniel listened intently as I went over a few safety rules, then I laid out several pieces of wood for him. He tried a variety of tools, learned their use and experienced their power. He and his mother were fascinated.
In his excitement, Daniel must have asked me 50 questions. Then he said something I’ll never forget: “Your boys are lucky to have a dad like you.”
I didn’t know what to say. I stood there for a moment, silent, knowing he didn’t have a dad in his life. I told Daniel that anytime he saw me working in my garage, he was welcome to come over and help.
Looking up, I saw tears in his mom’s eyes as she turned to leave. “Thanks, Ted,” she said.
“You’re welcome. Any time.”
Our world is full of boys like Daniel who don’t have a dad but who need a masculine role model and someone to care. It doesn’t take much to make a difference in a boy’s life — a little time, a few words, a couple of scraps of wood. I pray God will allow me to recognize the need and spread more of His love — and give me more opportunities like the one I had that day.