My father is profoundly good and most of us cannot just go do as he has done. I cannot. We can, however, imitate him in some simple ways.
Dad - Heritage - Contrast - Pastor - Home
My Dad baptized me. He started well, true to his godly heritage, and is finishing well, by contrast I can only hope to finish well. He is a good pastor, the same at home as in the pulpit, courageous enough to endure, the hardest task of all.
Here is a simple thing Dad did that was good for my brother and for me: he was affectionate. Dad tells us he loves us frequently and he still hugs us. Dad is not afraid to kiss us on the check (our family tradition) when he is leaving. Growing up I had no idea how rare this was until I got to summer camp.
Dad - Summer - Camp - Speaker - Mom
Dad was dropping me off at a summer camp where he would also be the featured speaker. Still I would see little of Mom and Dad hanging out (joy!) with the kids. This was good fun and provides many happy memories. However, one year Dad made a “mistake” and said goodbye near some of the boys . . . Kissing me on the cheek and hugging me.
Dad’s Dad was a good example.
Smooch - Rest - Camp
I was “Smooch” for the rest of camp.
Now one might think that this would bother me . . . I am a depressive and (sadly) like to be liked far more than is good for me. This did not...