My 11 year old, Ethan, was up early this morning. As I prepared to exit the house he asked, "Dad, can I go to men's breakfast with you this morning?" "Yes," I said, "Love for you to come."
It meant a lot to me that he wanted to come and be with me. I am certain it meant a lot to him that I wanted him. Our children want to be wanted, they need to be wanted, and they were made to be wanted. According to Genesis 1 we were made in God's image. It seems part of His nature is that He wants to be wanted. God gives us a choice to want him or neglect Him. In James 4:8 it says, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." God is waiting for us to make a move toward Him every day.
Our children need to know their Dads want them and desire to be active in their lives. As a child growing up, I always had the sense that my dad would rather be with me than with anyone else. That built a security in me that later allowed me to find that same security in my heavenly father. To this day I am convinced that my earthly father AND my heavenly Father want to be with me.