“While the day celebrates fathers, I feel it is a day to continue the journey of imparting to my children how much I love them, and love being their dad.” – Chris Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Upstream
Chris Jones is a longtime veteran of engineering and offshore services in the energy industry, and a dad with 3 kids ages 10, 8 and 5.
He appreciates the opportunity to interact with colleagues about the blessings and challenges of being a father.
“Many of my coworkers’ stages of life vary greatly from mine,” he says, “and listening to their stories, particularly from people with older kids, reinforces my desire to prioritize meaningful time with my kids.”
Chris also credits his dad for helping him keep his focus on what’s important in life.
“My father inspired me, by example and in encouragement, to make choices about the greatest priorities in my life,” he recalls. “He showed me the importance of prioritizing Christ in my life and my kids’ lives, being there for my children relentlessly, and working hard to ensure life does not distract from those priorities.”
Those influences have given Chris a unique perspective on Father’s Day and the gift of being a father.
“While the day celebrates fathers, I feel it is a day to continue the journey of imparting to my children how much I love them, and love being their dad,” he says. “Father’s Day is a day to pause and thank God for the privilege of having children.”
He pays that gift forward by teaching his children the lessons he has learned both professionally and personally.
“In the workplace, pushing for a critical thinking approach, constantly asking why and whether things make sense, and looking for creative ways to solve problems are key approaches that will help them cultivate an outside-the-box thinking mindset,” he says.