Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Happy Father’s Day! I continue to praise God for choosing you to be my dad. I’m grateful for your character, spirituality, and your desire to let God have complete control of your life. I’ve always thought of you when I read Isaiah 58:12, “And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” I’m only beginning to realize how many of the good things in my life are the result of your influence and direction.
There are many things I’ve never had to fear because you exposed me to them when I was young. I grew up being unafraid of performing in public because you saw the wisdom in having Mom sing church specials with me when I was a little girl. You had me stay at the Christian Veterinary Missions (CVM) booth for countless conferences, and let me gain confidence in sharing Christ and speaking to adults. You brought me with you to the animal hospital, and, because of constant exposure, I’ve never felt queasy at the sight of blood, or fearful of big dogs. As I’ve grown older, I realize that being unafraid of these things is an uncommon treasure.
All of the skills you’ve taught me (installing barbed-wire fencing, beekeeping, yard work, animal husbandry, home up-keep, etc.) can be grouped under the quality of work ethic. Being able to work, and enjoy it, is something that I’ve taken for granted. Now, I realize how few fathers have blessed their children with it. Thank you for taking the extra minutes to instruct me how to do a task, even when you could have accomplished the job much more swiftly yourself.
You’ve enabled me to have a deeper understanding of many subjects that most young Christians can’t fully comprehend. Because you always brought me with you bus calling, I’ve been convinced from an early age of the importance of children’s ministry, and the tragedy of broken homes. You took me with you on a CVM trip to Bolivia when I was ten so I could see how ministering to people’s physical needs can open the door to address their spiritual needs, while also catching a vision for world missions. Your constant support of our pastors and other authorities has allowed me to see how God works through them to bless us. You were always careful to make sure I appreciated the incredible value of the local church. I’m grateful you taught me these lessons and exposed me to these truths throughout my life.
Thank you for striving to be the husband and father God designed you to be. I’ve already been blessed to have you for my dad, and I continue to experience new blessings under your leadership. You have been an excellent steward of the wisdom God entrusted you with for raising your daughters. May you have the joy of seeing your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren walk in truth, knowing that God has allowed you to lay the foundation for many Godly generations.