Father’s Day part 2 – Ray Sudheimer

Yesterday I talked about my dad and the lessons he taught me, but today I am going to talk about the other dad in my life. Five years ago my mom married a good man named Ray Sudheimer. I know that I am in the lucky minority, but God has blessed me with two great men to teach me lessons on how to be a good, godly man. Some guys don’t even get one good man in their life and I got two.

Today, on Father’s Day I wanted to talk about the second father in my life. Ray has been amazing, not only to me, but also to my mom and Ben. From day one Ray has treated Ben and I as sons, not step-sons. He has also loved my mom so deeply that it is inspiring. Here are couple lessons that Ray has taught me in the few years that he has been in my life.

1. Pray and study the Bible with your wife. I have seen Ray and my mom come closer together because of their habit of doing this and I cannot wait to be able to do this if I get married.

2. Work hard. Ray is probably one of the hardest workers I have ever met. No matter what job Ray is doing he works hard to accomplish his goal. I always see Ray doing something around the house or hear about how my mom came home to a clean house or something like that. Ray works hard and that is admirable to say the least.

I know that in the years to come Ray will teach me many more lessons on how to be a godly man and a godly husband and I am looking forward to learning more from him. I am blessed to be able to call him step-dad.

Father’s day part 1 – Paul Coon

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.

Feel free to make comments below about your own father and share with everyone why we honor fathers tomorrow.