I thought I would take this weekend to talk about fathers since it is father’s day tomorrow, there are two days in a weekend and I have been blessed with a great father and great step-father. It seems to work out nicely!
For those of you who don’t know, my dad passed away over 8 and a half years ago at the age of 49. He was far from a perfect human being, but he was perfectly picked for me and my family. He didn’t do everything right, but those aren’t the things that come to mind when people think about him.
My dad was a loving, godly, generous and hilarious man. My brother and I definitely get our sense of humor from him (no offense mom!). There were times when Ben, him and I would just crack each other up. We all loved to make other people’s day a little brighter with a well-placed joke.
The things I remember the most about my dad were the lessons he taught me while living his everyday life and I want to share of few of those with you, especially any fathers out there so you can have an example of how to model things for your children.
1. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made in order to do what you believe in. My dad left a pretty decent paying job to start his own business that evolved into a business that helped people with developmental disabilities. A lot of people with developmental disabilities are ignored or viewed as less than others, but my dad fought for them and helped them because he knew that God created them that way for a reason.
2. Spending time with your loved ones, no matter what it is your are doing, is always worth it. My dad used to teach classes on the weekends all over the state of Ohio and one of my favorite things was to go with him. He taught most of the day and so when it became an option for me to go he didn’t think I would want to, having it be just us two was enough for me.
3. If you make a mistake, own up to it. Dad made mistakes, whether it was arguing with my mom, taking jokes a little too far or a multitude of other things, but he also tried to mend the fences.
4. Help others.
5. Probably the most important thing my dad showed me was how to be a man of God. He read the Bible on a regular basis, studied it on his own and in groups and he helped others grow stronger in their faith.