Quotes From My Fathers

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Many years ago I recall viewing a conversation between two characters of a popular sitcom on TV. One character, Jim, was upset with one of his friends who he thought was belittling him behind his back. His beleaguered friend defended himself by stating that he often “quoted” things that Jim said. All was well as Jim replied in a dreamy voice, “So you quote me!”

Quoting someone, in my mind, is the highest form of compliment! I have noticed throughout my life that there is only one person that I find myself quoting over and over. That would be my father! In fact, I have quoted him so often that I wonder why it is that I don’t follow all the counsel and wisdom he has given me. I guess I do the same with my Heavenly Father as I often find myself ignoring promptings and feelings that would lead me to a better life. Yet, I know they both still love me despite my impetuous decisions and occasional irrational behavior!

My Earthly Father’s mind is still sharp despite his advanced years. When we have lunch he is still patiently listening to me as I go on and on about things happening in my world. I usually reserve the last five minutes of our conversation for him. And in that five minutes he masterfully gives me nuggets of gold on how to better live my life and he encourages me onward. I’m always left with another fabulous quote or two to pass on to my family and friends. I am also always left wondering why it is that I don’t just be quiet and let him have most of the time, because I would learn so much more if I did. Unfortunately, I find myself doing the same thing in my personal conversations with God. I pour out my heart to him, but seldom give Him time to answer back and give me wisdom.

Today, my family and I will celebrate my Father’s 92nd birthday! One day my father will leave this world and I will no longer have access to his wise words. But of all the quotes he has left me with, it is the words of Peter which best summarizes everything my Father has attempted to teach me. In response to Jesus question regarding the disciples continuing to follow him, Peter declares:

“Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life… We (I) believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:68-69)

I am blessed to have a Father whose legacy to his family, is the above quote, which captures, if taken to heart, a lesson that would change the world into a much better place. Thanks Dad! You’re teachings, highlighted by quotes, has blessed me to live a happier and more blessed life. Your example, has given me hope and faith in another Father, who also loves me, as you do; and where to find His quotes, as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. You have taught me to believe in “Quotes from my Fathers!”

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