I mention this because I can’t talk about my dad without talking about her. They go together. Like salt and pepper. You can’t even think of one without thinking of the other.
In the scriptures we read of a character that was described as “a man after God’s own heart.” That is my dad. He loves everyone. He forgives everyone, always. He is kind. He is generous. He cares, about you and your life. He loves God and knows God’s word. He always has the wise prescription for the situation.
I know he is not perfect. If I dug deep enough I might find a flaw. No one is perfect. But when I was younger I would see these signs and tshirts, “What would Jesus do?” But I always had a great example to follow right there in my immediate family. All I had to do was ask, “What Would Dad Do?”
If I was mad at someone, I was taught to not hold a grudge. When I was busy, I learned to put others first. When things would get hectic, I learned to stay calm. I learned how to take care of things. I learned to take care of my car, to mow the grass, and keep a tidy house. But from these simple things I learned the bigger things, like taking care of my family. He always did. He kept a pulse on everyone and what was going on with them. Every-time, without fail, when something “big” happened with me, he was there, either to celebrate, console, advise or whatever the occasion called for.
But it wasn’t just his family he took care of. He is the most respected man I know. I said my mom was a legend in her hometown. So is he. He has helped more people than anyone. If you were in the hospital, he visited you. If you were down he was there to lift you up. If you had a big win of some sort in life, no one was happier for you. He came into your life, not heavy handed, but in a gentle calming manner that would put you at ease. That is the kind of person I have hoped to be. Whenever I had a decision to make all I ever had to ask myself was, “What Would Dad Do?” Everyday I live, I thank God for him and my mom. I know my brother and sister will give a big Amen to that. And the in-laws. And the grandchildren. And everyone who has known them and been loved by them. Happy Father’s Day dad. You have all of our respect, the old fashioned way, you have earned it.
Thankfully he is still here and all I have to do today is pick up the phone or make a short drive into East Texas. God has blessed him with a long life. No one is the beneficiary of that more than me. Unless it is maybe my mom, my brother and my sister. And the in-laws and grandchildren. We all have been blessed. Truly blessed. I know he has touched the lives of so many, but none more than me. Again, Happy Father’s Day to best dad ever. I love you dad.