This song was recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean… included on their album, Lifeline.
Phillips, Craig and Dean (rendered as Phillips, Craig & Dean on albums) is a contemporary Christian music trio composed of pastors Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean.
In 1991, Randy Phillips went to several record companies with a solo album he had. StarSong, a Nashville-based company, urged him to form a male vocal group. He then called two friends who also happened to be pastors and had also recently made solo albums.
Since forming in 1991, the group has sold over two million units. They have also received 10 GMA Dove Award nominations, winning 4, including Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 2007, and Inspirational Album of the Year in 2010.
In 1992, they released their debut album, which peaked at #13 on the Christian albums chart.
I first heard this song while pastor of Lake City First Baptist Church in Lake City, AR. I sang it a few times for Father’s Day, as it’s a great song about being a good example for our children… just as our Heavenly Father is such a good example for us.
Bible Reference… Deuteronomy 8:5; 32:6; Psalm 103:13; Matthew 6:26;
7:11; Luke 11:13; 2Corinthians 1:3
He climbs in my lap for a goodnight hug; he calls me “Dad” and I call him “Bub”.
With his faded old pillow and a bear named Pooh,
he snuggles up close and says, “I want to be like you.”
I tuck him in bed and I kiss him goodnight, trippin’ over the toys as I turn out the light.
I whisper a prayer that someday he’ll see
he’s got a father in God ’cause he’s seen Jesus in me.
Lord, I want to be just like You… ’cause he wants to be just like me.
I want to be a holy example for his innocent eyes to see.
Help me be a living Bible, Lord, that my little boy can read.
I want to be just like You ’cause he wants to be like me.
Got to admit I’ve got so far to go; make so many mistakes and I’m sure that You know
sometimes it seems no matter how hard I try
with all the pressures in life I just can’t get it all right.
But, I’m trying so hard to learn from the best;
being patient and kind, filled with Your tenderness.
‘Cause I know that he’ll learn from the things that he sees
and the Jesus he finds will be the Jesus in me. (CHORUS)
Right now, from where he stands, I may seem mighty tall.
But it’s only ’cause I’m learning from the best Father of them all. (CHORUS)