If you ever played football in an organized fashion you will remember that there were multiple kinds of practices. In the summer, there were “2 a Days”. Those were a morning session of practice followed by lunch followed by another practice followed by complete exhaustion. There were “Walk Throughs”. Those were usually conducted in very light athletic gear. That meant that we wore no pads and sometimes even wore no helmet since no one was going to get hit. They usually were more strategic and educational. The coach taught us new plays and showed us our blocking and routes.
And then there was “Full Contact” practice. This meant full football gear. You better have your chin strap on and snapped in place because we were going to bang together with great speed and with great enthusiasm. The coach did all he could to simulate playing conditions. You ran hard until you heard the whistle blow.
“2 a Days” were for conditioning and getting ready for the upcoming season. They weren’t scrimmages and no one kept score. So, for purposes of my analogy I will not say much more about those sessions. “Walk Throughs” were not at full speed and no one got hurt. In many ways, we just went through the motions. We were learning new plays. And we were learning our rival’s plays so that we would be ready for Friday night. All of us hated “Walk Throughs”. It was so hard to concentrate when we were just going through the motions and we weren’t banging into each other. We just didn’t take them very seriously.
No one really liked practice of any kind. But if we were going to suit up and get all that gear on, then the least we could do was hit someone and knock them down! If we had to practice, we wanted it to be a full contact practice.
What does all of this have to do with Fatherhood Friday?
What if we treated fatherhood as a “full contact” event? What if we treated it as though each and every day were the big game against our biggest rival? What if we fathered with intensity? What if we did it with all of the energy that we could muster?
How about you? Are you just going through the motions? Or are you being a “full contact” father?