I love my Dad. That is a statement of fact, but I have to admit that there were times in my life when I wondered what kind of relationship I was going to have with him. Honestly, there were even times I wondered if he really cared.
But as I got older, I began to realize how much love and wisdom my Dad had invested in my life. I believe it was Mark Twain who said, “When I was 15, my ‘old man’ knew nothing at all. When I became 21, I was amazed what he had learned in six short years.”
I have discovered that Mark Twain’s statement is true in my life. Now that I am past 21, I realize each day how much I have learned from my Dad.
Here are some lessons that He has taught me:
1. Take care of the most important things in your life: your wife, your children, your health, and your relationship with your God. These are the things that really matter.
2. Who you are is more important than what you do. Your character and integrity are things that are foundational to everything else.
3. Hard work is important. It shows your character and integrity as well as gives you satisfaction in a “job well done.”
4. Prayer is more than just a “spiritual” exercise. Prayer is recognizing there is a God who cares and invests in your life. Prayer is trusting God with the important and, seemingly, unimportant things of life.
5. When it is all said and done, whom do you hope to please? Pleasing God is more important than pleasing man. If God is pleased – if God gives you a “well done” – then nothing else really matters.
This Father’s Day, I will call my Dad and let him know how much I love him. I will thank him for his investment in my life. I will tell him how much he means to me.
If you have a dad like mine, I hope you will do the same. If not, I hope you can look to a Heavenly Father and tell Him how much you love Him and how important He is in your life and allow Him to be your Dad.
Pressing Toward the Mark,
Pastor Tom – Phil 3:14