This is for you.

For the dads who walk through the door tired and hungry at the end of a long workday. To the dads attempting a simple task of changing out of work clothes while one child climbs over you and another is shouting from the kitchen table for homework help. For the dads who change diapers, teach your little ones to ride a bike, and instruct your teenager how to drive (or how not to drive in some cases). This one’s for the grandfathers, the godfathers, and the stepfathers, and for all the men who have ever been fathers.

We live in a society where the media often portrays fatherhood as a joke: where men aren’t able to cook a meal, take care of a baby without complete destruction of the house, and strong father-figures are hard to find. Please, don’t listen to that world when it tells you dads aren’t necessary.

You should know that you dads mean everything.

“It’s because of dads, we can begin to understand the love a Heavenly Father has for us.”

It’s because of dads, we know the meaning of a hard day’s work. It’s because of dads, we know the difference between a Phillips and a flathead screwdriver. It’s because of dads, we feel safe during a middle of the night thunderstorm. It’s because of dads, we know how to make the best paper airplanes. It’s because of dads, we can begin to understand the love a Heavenly Father has for us.

Dads, we know your days are tough. But at the end of the day when you look in the mirror feeling tired, worn, imperfect; look through the eyes of your little girls and boys, your wives, a God who created and loves you. You might see an ordinary man who makes mistakes, but you’ll definitely see that being a dad matters.