Father’s Day

It’s amazing how little holidays like Father’s Day become more meaningful as you get older. As your kids get older you come to realize that they have a choice about whether they love you or not (unlike when they were small and totally dependent on you) and it “makes your day” when they decide to spend some time with you. On the other side you realize how important each week, month and year are with your father, knowing that all the love and wisdom he has given and continues to give will one day stop. Thanks Dad.

The most difficult part of this Father’s Day actually came the day before. On Saturday, the whole family went to Katie’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and Katie’s Uncle gave a very insightful message. At the reception, I was chatting with one of Becki’s cousins who has 3 small children when he asked “You’ve got a great family, your kids have all grown up so well, what’s the secret?” I was at a loss. Yes, I think I’ve got the greatest kids in the world, but Becki and I know they aren’t perfect and we know we didn’t do a perfect job raising them. I quipped “it was just luck I guess”, but he wouldn’t let the question go, he wasn’t just being polite, he really wanted some piece of wisdom to take home and apply to his kids. (Let me just say that Trisha and Jeff have great kids and Jeff’s profession is Christian counseling, so he’s got a much better handle on the parenting thing than I have.)
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Learning by observing

Children learn what they observe.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn and be judgmental.
If children live with hostility, they learn to be angry and fight.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy and withdrawn.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
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“Just P.U.S.H.”

When everything seems to go wrong, just push.
When the job gets you down, just push.
When people don’t react the way you think they should, just push.
When your money looks funny and the bills are due, just push.
When you want to curse them out for whatever the reason, just push.
When you ask the question, when is my ship coming in? (as I often do), just push.
When people just don’t understand you, just push.

Not to continue on and on…let me tell you what PUSH stands for.

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There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that enough love will not open; no gulf that enough love will not bridge; no wall that enough love will not throw down; no sin that enough love will not redeem. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world.

Emmet Fox
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