As I got older, it seemed my Dad got smarter. Now at my advanced age I realize he was pretty smart all along. I just didn’t get it at the time when I thought I knew everything. The truth has hit – the older I get the more I need to know.
Dads should be important in our lives as mentors and models. I was blessed to have one who did both well. I learned a few things.
- Anybody can complain; try to see the good in a situation and make it better.
- Keep smiling and singing; folks will think you’re up to something.
- Give your kids the gift of showing love, honor, and respect to your wife.
- Time is precious; do the good, the fun, the meaningful now.
- When you’re talking to a child, try listening more than you speak.
- When you’re talking to a child, look him/her in the eye even if it means you do it on one knee.
- If it is important to your child, it should be important to you.
- If someone offers you a choice of dessert, always say yes … to both.
- Never quit playing, even if your wife tells you to grow up.
- Sometimes the best response to what your wife says is just “yes, ma’am.”
- Be proud of who you are, but don’t be satisfied.
- You’re human; you’re going to mess it up sometimes. Admitting you made a mistake and asking for forgiveness teaches a powerful lesson.
- Read. Read. Read. Read for inspiration, knowledge, insight, and enjoyment.
- At some point you will be an embarrassment to your kids no matter how cool you think you are.
- Never let the important people in your life wonder about your love for them.
- Love the church; it’s full of imperfect people, just like you.
- Love God knowing you can never match the love He has for you.
- Follow your call. Do what you were created to do.
- Spend your life well.
- Laugh, then laugh some more.
There were times when I took my father for granted, but I always considered him my hero. I wish I had told him more often. Happy Father’s Day.