Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Tribute to my Daddy

Proverbs 22:1 says that "a good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth…" I am very happy that my Daddy chose for me a good name!

We are all familiar with the following scripture, John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." 
The scripture tells us of the gift that God gave to us as provision for our sin, is a gift given to all humans who accept it, regardless of who we are.  
In this way God's love is unconditional.

In much the same way, my earthly father's love for me has been unconditional. Even though I have not always been an obedient son -- by not honoring him as I am required -- nevertheless my Daddy has loved me.

Therefore, whatever I manage to write in this letter is in no way sufficient recognition of the impact and influence that my Daddy has had on my life. 

Whatever I manage to write in this letter is in no way sufficient expression of my admiration and respect for my Daddy. 

And whatever I manage to write in this letter is in no way sufficient confession of my love for my Daddy.

The scripture 1 John 3:18 says "…let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."

I know that I do not always act in ways that please my Daddy, but I also know that I am always loved by him because he always acts in ways that let me know that he loves me.

All of Daddy's family has been blessed by his generosity.
Yes, my Daddy is a giving man.  

I do not know of anyone more generous in giving to others.

And not only has he shown love and concern for me and his family, but to others as well.

Many times I've seen him help the needy on the street, reaching into his pocket and giving to them to meet their needs.

Over his lifetime, how many families has Daddy helped to move into a home? I don't know exactly, but I'm sure that it is in the thousands! 

He has helped people move into homes by evaluating their character, not their credit score.

Love at its core is not something you feel, an emotion, although you may feel it. 
Love is something that you do.
Love is proven as something that you do, though you may or may not say it. 
I can always see my Daddy's love in what he does.  

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