It’s Father’s Day and I’m remembering Dad.
It’s been 8 years since I’ve spoken with my Dad. That doesn’t seem possible. Eight years since I’ve heard his infectious laugh. Eight years since I’ve held his hand or relaxed into his hug.
My Dad met Jesus face to face eight years ago and is now more fully alive than he’s ever been.
But I miss my Dad being here with me.
There’s no substitute in a girl’s life for her Dad. None.
My Dad wasn’t perfect, but he tried to teach by example:
- Love God with your whole heart and serve him faithfully every day
- Love your spouse unconditionally — that’s how he loved Mom
- Love your family always — no matter what
- Hard work is rewarding
- Take time to play
- Laugh at yourself often
- Treasure time with family
- You can’t be everywhere
- You can’t do everything
- Be authentic
- Be honest — your word is your reputation
- Stuff isn’t important; people are
I’m still learning each of these lessons. I’ll never master them in this life. But, I’m thankful for the example of a loving Dad. Blessed to be his daughter.
Dads: you are very important to your children. Don’t ever forget or doubt it.
If your Dad is still alive and present in your life, let him know how much he means to you.
As for me, I’m treasuring my memories today.
Love you, Dad.