Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Son's Tribute to His Father

A good friend of mine is a "mighty man." A man of God. Passionate in reaching the world for Christ. But last Fall he lay dying. His heart had mysteriously stopped while he was in Thailand. He was too sick to fly home. They were going to operate on his heart in Thailand. No one knew whether he would live or die.

His son wrote this tribute on the eve of his impending death...

"For my dad. He has been the best father a son could ask for. He has been the perfect role model for me as a father. He has shown true love for me and my family every day since i have been alive and able to experience it. He has taught me many things about life. To respect women (very important). To always go above and beyond in everything. To serve God, not the world. He taught me that family is the most inportant thing in our lives. He has always been there for me. He is the first person i call when trouble arises. He has never let me down. He has shaped me to be the best adult i can be. I could not ask for a better role model as a father."

So - did my friend die? No. His remodelled heart is ticking right along...

Solomon is a new king. He is praying shortly after he is installed. In his prayer, he makes a moving tribute to his Dad - king David.

6 Solomon said, "You were extravagantly generous in love with David my father, and he lived faithfully in your presence, his relationships were just and his heart right. And you have persisted in this great and generous love by giving him—and this very day!—a son to sit on his throne."
David had 7 wives and many sons. He was not a good disciplinarian. But he did love and dote on his children. And they were observing everything he did. His relationship to God. His treatment of the people around him. His heart. That is, the motives that drove him and how it led him to interact with people. God's love for him is highlighted. What isn't mentioned is his work. His extraordinary skill in battle. The ability to run the kingdom and subdue all nations around them. Interesting!

So - some of the most important things in life are the "incidentals." The things that happen while we are doing what we have to do to live, and make a living, and raise a family...

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