My life has been shaped by so many people. I have so many to thank for their investment in my life. I may not be what I ought to be but I am not what I could have been in large part because some very influential people who took time to help mold and shape my life.
I start tonight reflecting on the influence my dad has made in my life. I am very blessed to have a godly father who even to this day models incredible character and integrity before his family. I can honestly say that if there is anyone I want to be like, it’s my dad. Listed below are a few of the reasons why (in no particular order).
1. Dad is a godly man.
My dad, without a doubt is a true Christian. He has modeled servant hood as far back as I can remember. He has always cared for the elderly and the less fortunate. Dad made sure many families enjoyed Christmas and other holidays by writing a check or giving them gifts.
He has given his time to almost every position in the church. Whatever was needed, Dad was there. Even in his latter years, he continues to give his time, talent, and treasures to the Lord.
2. He is a hard worker.
I can hardly ever remember him calling in sick or just staying home to lay around the house. He was and still is always on the go. He modeled a great work ethic for me to follow.
3. He has been a good husband to my mom.
Mom and Dad just celebrated their 50th Anniversary last October. A great milestone (especially in today’s world). I am thankful they stuck together through the thick and the thin.
4. He has been a good provider for his family.
Dad has always been a good money manager. He worked hard and made sure we had everything we needed. He probably spoiled us too much. But I am glad.
When I moved away from home the first time (LA) his last words to me still ring in my ears as they drove off after helping us unload, “Son, don’t sit down here and want for anything!” And he meant it.
5. He is a man of his word.
This could good or bad. Good if you weren’t in trouble. One time we left Daytona Beach, FL and he promised me a spanking when we got home. I knew if I behaved for the eight hour drive surely he would forget. But not my dad! When the car was unloaded, he sent me to my room and the spanking he promised, he delivered.
But he also has kept his word in so many good ways. Not just to me but to so many others. If he says he is going to show up, bank on it, he will be there. He honored his word.
6. He is a great father.
He has been there for me so many times. I don’t really want to post them because some of them I am really ashamed of. But dad never, ever, not even once acted like he didn’t love me or wasn’t proud to be my dad.
He was in sales and it required him to travel out of town for a couple of nights a week. One night while playing high school baseball I noticed my dad standing behind the backstop. He had made the trip back home, watched me play, and then returned back several hours away. But he had to see his son play ball. He had to be there.
7. He is leaving an incredible legacy.
My wife, my two brothers, their wives and our children all acknowledge life is extremely special because of dad. He is making an impact on our lives that we will enjoy and appreciate for years to come.
To my dad – I love and appreciate you more than I have ever told you. You are a great example for me and God was very gracious to me when he placed me under your care. Thanks for everything you have ever done for me and my family. I am a better person because of you. You are the best!