My dad wasn't perfect and his early adult years were a little bumpy. He was strict and worked a lot. He was a Colonel in the Air Force and I remember having to say "Yes Sir". He wasn't all serious either though. We have many pictures of merry Christmases and joyful vacations. He had a strong work ethic and enjoyed relaxing (a difficult balance I find).
When I was in high school, he received Jesus as Lord of his life and there were some major changes. He became one of the most tender and compassionate men I have ever known. He made drastic lifestyle changes that honored God and his family. He would openly cry when his heart broke for the hurting, the prisoner, the downcast. He also perfected being stingy and generous all at once. He bought shoes from Kmart, but would be the first to write a check for a mission trip.
|Tutu and Julia|
Dear Julia Grace,
I never really spent time with your mom, aunties or uncles like I have with you. I guess I was "too busy". I never really expressed any hopes I had for them either. Now it's time to change, so here goes:
I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books. I hope you learn to make your own bed and wash the car. And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen. I hope you have to walk to school with your friend and that you live in a town where you can do it safely. When you learn to use computers, I hope you learn to add and subtract in your head. I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what Ivory soap tastes like. I don't care if you try beer once, but I hope you don't like it. I sure hope you make time to sit with your Grandpa and I hope you will come to know Jesus a lot sooner than I did. These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me it's the only way to appreciate life.
You make know to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forever more. Psalm 16:11