Monday, October 12, 2009

'Tis A Gift To Be Simple

Tonight after doing some home teaching with my dad, we bundled up and took the traditional Sunday walk. I was in a particular inquisitive mood and so I got to ask him all sorts of questions ranging from his boyhood neighborhood friends to family vacations. There is so much I don't know about his youth and I wonder how many of us of the younger generation actually have given much thought to what growing up must have been like 50 years ago, indeed, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

I'm grateful for these one-on-one moments. I can learn so much from them. For example, I asked my dad how we was able to deal with so many low-blows throughout his career. He responded exuberantly that the Lord had always provided avenues for him to make a living even in the bleakest of times. It was never an easy road, it required sacrifice and diligent effort, but the Lord provided for our family. This heartfelt testimony from a parent can be one of the most powerful influences on a child. There is a grand purpose to this life and it begins and ends with family.


Jane said...

It's interesting how your dad is so quick to record events of other family members for posterity's sake but doesn't think his story is worth telling. Get some more stuff out of the guy and write it down, or get his pocket recorder and sneak some conversations into the annals of history.

Anonymous said...

Your father is like unto Nathaniel of old...without guile.