I was in the back seat of a Nissan XTerra, next to my super cute, super small, cousin-once-removed Erin, talking with cousin Annette and her husband Trey about their daughter’s word skills. “She knows a few words, like ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’ and ‘Maggie’. She knows ‘tickle-tickle’. ‘Please’ is more like ‘pa’. She’s good with her b-words like ‘bear’ and ‘bug’ and ‘brown’.”

And then Trey said something that immediately jumped out to me: “She’s knows how to say ‘Daddy’. That’s all she needs.”

I think he was probably making a joke and didn’t intend to construct a profound theological metaphore. But I took a moment and thought about the truth of that statement. If all we ever knew was how to cry out ‘Abba’, we’d be okay. In fact, we may very well be better off.

These child-like-faith moments seem to be showing up to me more often. Probably for a reason. I’d like to grow in this mindset.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

4 replies on “Daddy”

Variety is the spice of life…I like the new layout! It is nice to have a change every once in a while.

Hope you had a great time on your trip!
I love those kind of child-like-faith moments! It always gives me a little extra boost.

Joel, Thank you for coming in this weekend for a visit. It is good to have family in.

I agree with randy. Some simple truths are beyond simple and they are at times the hardest to grasp.

Blessings to you.

Loretta, it was great visiting you and your family again. Higher Ed chatter with Phil was especially interesting. Reflecting on my long weekend again, I’m amazed at all the family, friends and people-in-general I was able connect with. It was certainly a worthwhile trip. Phil said you might be making a journey our way some weekend this winter. Hope it works out; it would be fun to connect again!

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