Today is my dad’s birthday! In honor of him, I am going to share some of the things my father has taught me.
First and most importantly, my dad taught me to follow Jesus. My parents are real, genuine Christians, not just on Sunday Christians. I can remember going to feed the needy with my dad when I was too young to remember really anything else. I might have been 4 years old. I remember vividly walking up to a lady’s door with my dad carrying sacks full of groceries for her and her family.
My dad taught me to pray and that prayer works. When you’re afraid, pray. When you’re sick, pray. When you’re anxious, pray. Since living in Oklahoma, I’ve made a few panic phone calls to my dad when a tornado was heading our way. Dad has a way of calming me down when nothing else can. He prays with me and for me.
My dad taught me to be strong and to stand up for what’s right. My dad isn’t intimidated by people, no matter their status and I love that about him. People are people.
My dad taught me to be confident in myself and makes me feel that I can accomplish anything. Dad taught me to work hard and to be honest. He taught me that life isn’t fair. It stinks, but its the truth. We don’t always get what we think we deserve.
My dad taught me to be patient. He is much better at that than I am. He is probably the most patient person I know.
He taught me to be grateful and thankful for the life I have. He taught me to be generous and kind.
He taught me that family is important and to make time to be with family. He shows up to every family function that he can.
Thank you, Dad, for everything you’ve taught me and for leading by example. I have no doubt that I have the best dad there is.
Happy birthday, Dad! I love you with my whole heart.