Man Of Substance – Cornelius Strong – Fatherhood


  • I love being a father because it allows me to look at myself from the perspective of my weaknesses and strengths as a person. When I interact with my children, I find out more and more about the essence of my character as a man. This allows me to see the relevant impact I have on their lives and development.
  • The most rewarding part of being a father is seeing the lessons you have taught your children manifest in their behavior and the manner in which they conduct themselves as positive members of society.
  • Being the father of 2 girls is rewarding, frustrating, challenging, confusing, emotional, and complex all at the same time. It has humbled me in many ways and taught me to deeply evaluate the kind of man I truly am. What I do, what I say, and how I react in every situation is vital to their perception of me.
  • Most importantly, I am the first man they will encounter in their lives. This being the case, I must set a standard that is high, so that hopefully one day they will be drawn to a man of high standard.
  • Being a foster parent has allowed me to understand that circumstances are not chosen, they are inherited. It has also shown me that circumstances do not define who you are, but what you can become. It has challenged me mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
  • It has rewarded and humbled me beyond reason. Many have given up on the young, the lost, and the mistreated. But all they really need is a fighting chance.
  • I would like to think that I could be a factor in providing that fighting chance, or at least some form of hope. Above all, being a foster parent has taught me something very, very important. It is not about me, it is all about the kids. That’s a beautiful thing.

2 responses

  1. Awesome piece Glen and Cornelius. Thank you for sharing your views on fatherhood with us. One day when I have my children, I will be calling you to tell you the things I have learned and we can compare stories.

  2. Powerful stuff indeed. I have a list of bible scriptures, typed out and stuck on the inside of my wardrobe, that remind me everytime I open my wardrobe the kind of man, husband and father God wants me to be: a man with holy hands, who doesn’t doubt, a man who is not like a city with broken walls, a decisive man, a man who comforts, encourages and exhorts his children. These are but a few of the qualities I aspire to attain and to be consistent in them. Thank you for such a timely and poignant post.

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