Thanks for Everything Dad
My Dad stands all of 5′ 4″ – in cowboy boots. A proud native of Texas, he’s got a big heart in a small body. People compare him to the Energizer bunny, because he seems to keep “going and going and going.”
But at 83, John T. Adams is finally starting to show some wear and tear. He tends to forget what you told him a couple of minutes ago and as he says, his “get-up-and-go has got-up-and-went.”
As this Father’s Day rolls around, I’m reflecting on what has made my Dad such a blessing to me and many other people. It goes without saying that he isn’t perfect, but thankfully, you don’t have to be perfect to positively influence the people around you.
If I may, here’s my top-ten list of things I appreciate about my Dad:
1. He gave his life to Jesus as a young man and never looked back.
2. He is nice to people.
3. Through struggles and all, he was devoted to my Mom ’til they were parted by death.
4. He worked hard, but never elevated his career over his family. I never wondered if my Dad loved his job or money more than he loved me.
5. He modeled what is perhaps one of the most evasive of Christian virtues, especially for men – humility.
6. Rather than complaining about adverse circumstances, he would often say “Praise God anyhow.”
7. He has always been impressed with God’s handiwork in creation – be it a mountain, a full-moon, or squirrels in the back yard.
8. Six decades as a minister of the Gospel, facing down one giant after another.
9. He’s still learning – open books and Bibles all over his desk. Most importantly, he still has an open heart. One of his life verses is:
“...greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world.” I John 4:4
10. He lives up to his life motto: “Keep on keeping on.” He may take a few more naps these days, but he’s not done. Not yet.
I agree with the person who said that it makes more sense to eulogize people while they are still alive to hear it rather than wait until their funeral…so so I’m going to share this post with Dad later. His face will probably turn red and he’ll say something like “Well, God has been very good to me.”
Thanks Dad, for everything.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.