Christian Living

Family Matters 06/19/15

What Gift Did Your Father Give You?

Dad and son

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

Happy Father’s Day!

At this writing, my father is 94-years-old. It’s a blessing to still have him in my life. So many fond memories flood my mind when it comes to my dad. Hardworking, steady, strong and fun, my dad taught me so much.

He taught me how to have fun, to relax, to go on vacation and see the country. Every summer, the family loaded up in our big Buick and discovered America. Some discoveries were a little cheesy, but most times, we were awed by our road trips and their adventures.

My dad had an upbeat attitude. He liked to explore, to see new things, and to meet people. In our small town, everyone knew him and greeted him by name. My dad gave me a love for people and connection.

My dad gave me security. He was always there and attended every recital, play and music competition in which I performed. He never complained, even though I often noticed him napping during long piano recitals. He endured nightly music practices of three children who turned out to be decent musicians even though he didn’t have much musical talent. Whatever we did, it was important for him to support us.  And he always supported my mom.

My dad pushed me. Sometimes he pushed too hard, but I knew his intent was to give me more opportunities with education than he had in his life. Education was one of the most important things to him. It was the key to making a better life.

Finally, my dad gave me an appreciation for the church. He quietly served in whatever capacity needed. His humility and steady devotion marked his walk with God. And no matter the on-going church conflicts, he taught me to love the body of Christ, appreciate their diversity and do my best to bring unity. We stayed in the church and worked through our differences.

All dads have their issues and certainly aren’t perfect. But this Father’s Day, as you honor your dad with a special gift, a dinner out or a new tie, take a moment to reflect on the gifts he gave you.
What did your Father give you? Yes, there is always a little baggage along the way, but the journey with a father and child offers much to be appreciated.