My Dad

I had an opportunity to take some portraits of my parents this week for a church project. I’m so happy that I have these photos of them and with it being Fathers Day, I though this would be a great opportunity to share a little about my dad….

My dad is everything a father should be! He can fix just about anything, and not just like your leaky sink, but also any of the problems life will throw your way. He has been a pastor for 20 years, so when I say my dad has preached at me my whole life, I mean that very literally. He doesn’t tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. It took me a long time to appreciate that. When everyone is so quick to blame someone else for their problems, he would suggest starting with yourself. When everyone is so quick to expect someone else to fix their problems, he would suggest learning how to fix it yourself or preventing the problem all together.

My dad is so kind to everyone, even those who have wronged him. He taught me to sing and he is one of my favorite singers. He taught me to take care of my stuff and how to detail my car (A clean car with dirty wheels, isn’t a clean car). He showed me how to work hard, and that I shouldn’t sleep my life away (I really love sleep). He taught me to be prepared, and to study. He filled up a tool box for me when I first moved out. He taught me to pray and to put others before myself.

If there was one word I would use to describe my dad it would servant. That may not seem very glamorous, but he showed me doing things for others can bring such joy to your life. In the last year or so, my dad has pushed our church to live by a new mission that our church recently adopted, “Loving God, Loving People, Serving Others”. He has done all three of those things my entire life, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.