Monday, March 5, 2012

What Happens When Godly Men Die Young

Today marks the 21st anniversary of my father's death. There's no way to put it gently. It is what it is.

pretty sure my mom may kill me for this picture

But I was thinking about all the things that he taught me while he was alive. Little things that now I know are the big things in life.

1. Treat people with respect. He did...and because of that he was respected.

2. Be generous. With your time, your resources and your talents. He was a great videographer and I can't tell you how many times he videoed basketball games for others so they would have something for their kids to remember.

3. Don't be something you aren't. I loved that he walked humbly. He never pretended that he was perfect, but he aimed for godliness.

4. Invest in your kids. He worked a late shift so he could help homeschool us kids. He taught me all I know about math and science. He made me shoot 50 foul shots a day. He spent time reading God's word to us and pouring himself into his family.

5. Work hard. He did. At home, at church and at his job. From being an awana commander to teaching the special needs adults to carpentry and his paying job, I don't remember too many lazy days in this man's life.

6. Date your spouse. It was not a surprise to us anytime our neighbor girl was called in to babysit. It was Dad and Mom date night. There was smooching at the front door daily...but date nights were dressed up and dad looked sharp.

When Godly men die, their children miss them. Terribly. But it's not without the hope of seeing them again. When Godly men die, the testimony that they lived and breathed lives their children, in their their their the world. When Godly men die....hearts break because we know we've lost a man of God...a warrior in this spiritual war...a protector for a family...a courageous leader. When Godly men die...we don't get over it...we relive the precious days with them over and over in our heads....because it makes us stronger...more sure that their lives mattered and that their message...God's message...the only real message.... is everlasting.


Heidi said...

Your Dad really was a special man. Thank the Lord that he left a Godly legacy to you. I remember your Dad and Mom just like in the picture! Praying for you today!

Becky said...

Thanks, Gina. What a marvelous testimony to your Dad and for others to read especially if they've lost their Dads. I pray my granddaughters will remember their Dad as you have remembered yours. Such a blessing

Sally Krest said...

I had the privilege of knowing your Dad. He was a good man, a godly man and a good friend. I miss him and count it a blessing to have known him. Thinking of you and yours Gina. Love to all.

Kathy said...

I can tell that your Dad poured much into you, and what he poured will be a part of the legacy that you leave to your children, and your children's children, until Jesus returns. What a suitable honor you've given for such an honorable man.