“Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.”
No matter what our age, this commandment applies to us. Appreciate your Dad this week; make him feel special. If your Dad is no longer living on earth, remember him in love as you tell your children about their grandfather. My Dad has been in heaven for 18 years now, so I will ask God this Father’s Day to tell him how much I love him and appreciate the heritage he gave me and my children.
My Dad was such a friendly man; he never met a stranger and would greet anyone he passed on the street with a friendly ‘Hello, how are you?’ People don’t do that much anymore – we walk past one another and don’t even acknowledge anyone is there – but not my dad – I think of him every time this happens.
He was an entrepreneur, always trying something new. He liked to say that he was a ‘jack of all trades and a master of none’. But that’s not true – he mastered being a dad above anything else!!! I could talk to him about anything. He was always kind and patient.
He loved his family. He would tell anyone that would listen about his children and grandchildren. And he had such a tender heart for his pets. He even taught our dog to stand up and pray 🙂
He became a Christian when I was 12 and immediately delved into the scriptures and became the men’s Bible teacher in our church for a while. I have so many fond memories of him, but one is particularly special – we had just gotten some good news from my Mom’s doctor and as we left the hospital, walking arm in arm, we sang, “Let’s Just Praise the Lord”!! One day we will do that again!
I wish every child could have the childhood I had. Thank you God for my Daddy, Marion Eugene Head.
I’m thankful my children have had that kind of childhood. Check out the excellent audio sermon series this month about Fathering and Family by the wonderful father of my children at http://www.dudleybaptist.org/