Years ago, I remember coming across something that actor Chris Pratt said after becoming a father. I never forgot his words. They moved me. However, not being a father at the time prevented me from truly understanding what he meant.
It wasn’t until I held my son for the first time that I got it.
"For me, being a parent has really changed my life, in so many ways. One of those ways is to understand truly the love that a father can have for a child. And when I stare at this precious little creation of mine here, and I watch the ways in which he tries to please me, I just feel a love that is so pure and unending."
"The way we love our children, and the more we love our children, the more we will understand the capacity for our Father in Heaven to love us. Each and every one of us is a precious creation, and he just marvels in the ways in which we can try to please him. That should give us all a great deal of comfort. I know it does for me."
Wow. The thing about this perspective that still gets me is that I now know how genuine and honest this reflection was. It wasn't a virtue signal (I mean it's Hollywood after all).
As soon as I looked my son in the eyes I knew EXACTLY what he meant. Having children is as close as we get to looking God in his eyes.
We need more role models like Chris Pratt in our culture.