Spring 2018 Home going Issue
My Endless Love
What my Dad's Homegoing Continues to Teach me in Life
Although my father lived fully in his beliefs and read his Bible daily, he never beat me over the head with demands about going church or reading the Bible myself; he understood that Christ would be best understood if he were exemplified and lived out in front of me. To this end every time I looked in my father's eyes, heard his raspy voice, or even just sat quietly beside him, I saw a glimpse of Christ. It wasn't a sermon in church that made me want to deepen in my knowledge of Christ, it was the love my father gave me that made me reach for my Bible, long for fellowship, want to share the Word with others, go to seminary, and develop new community ministries.
My dad took the antiquity of Christianity and made it part of my progressive, contemporary world. He would sit in his gazebo or on his deck in the sun for hours just seemingly staring in to space but his thoughts were never aimless. He was in constant communication with God. His gratitude for God's provision was unmatched. Although my dad had a way of making the air smell sweeter and sky seem bluer when we experienced nature together, the most important thing he would do during our outdoor moments was reiterated that everything beautiful and right with the world was and is God.
In looking back on the year I spent with my dad while he was in treatment for his cancer, I never thought for a minute I was doing anything to care for him. He'd laugh and call me his little Florence Nightingale because I may have driven him to treatment, take him for lunch, or stayed with him after treatments to make sure he ate but I always knew that I was the one who was receiving care every time we were together. While he was the one diagnosed with a terminal illness, he never once complained. I on the other hand was figuring out my life, trying to develop a community service agency, budgeting money, and complaining incessantly about broken relationships or bureaucracy. He would listen, sometimes just shake his head and then challenge me with a point phrased as a question like- "You just don't get it, do you?" That would literally be all he had to say before I'd confess my disbelief, rebuke my own fear or recite to him at least three scriptures I knew I should be standing on in whatever circumstance I was lamenting. Once I'd look at him and get the confirmation, "So if you know it, everything is okay and you have nothing to worry about-case closed" we could get back to the business of seeing the end times in Trump's election via his antics on CNN.
My dad just knew how to draw me in and not to himself but to Christ. When I think about who I would be or how I would behave in absence of his influence, I fall to my knees in gratitude to God for His mercy in gifting me my father. Another quality about my dad I rarely speak of is the fact that he just got me. That was a gift in itself for me because so few people do. I'm actually an odd ball among my family members and peers. I'm constantly told that I have a quick tongue and a harshness in my presentation and I would never have gained the confidence to share Christ with others if not for my dad's belief in me and in my appointment. I'm actually the opposite in personality to most people I love and since I choose biblical norms over cultural ones I can easily feel alone even in a room full of people but I was never lonely with my dad. From the uniqueness in my name to my obsession with hugs, my dad made me believe that I was special just the way I am.
If I had to break down 10 of the most important lessons I learned from my dad, it would give people who know me (but never really got me) genuine insight into the fabric of my being... The decisions I've made, the hope I hold, is all part of my dad's influence on my life. Here are 10 lessons that shapes me-
1. It's never too late to give your life to the Lord- My dad loved every version of me, including the teen-aged rebel who broke his heart by moving out, moving in with my boyfriend and getting pregnant before I was married. Never once did my father throw up the mistakes of my past in my face. He knew that God would forgive me if I chose to ask for forgiveness. When I gave my heart to Christ, my boyfriend became my husband, I went back to college, and I decided to dedicate my life to learning how to be a better Christian. My dad never made me feel like I needed to be a better person for him to love me. He never punished me for my imperfections and sinful choices but he also knew better than to allow me to believe there would be no consequence for my sins- he had a way of allowing love to be the guiding force that allowed me to discover for myself that what I truly wanted in life was relationships that felt like ours. In loving me exactly where I stood in my sin, he made me desire to know Christ (the source of his love for me) and that also made me want to share that love with others. It was his love that taught me that the closer I grew to Christ, the more my life would transform to God's glory. It is because I was loved unconditionally, I try to give unconditional love.
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