Southern Dad

Father’s Day. They don’t ask for much, our dads. They want to see us happy. That’s about it, along with being quiet during the game.
My dad has been quietly teaching a lesson taught to him by his father: work hard. I didn’t understand it at first. I used to say he was a workaholic, but over the years I’ve paid attention to his work. It’s not that he works hard during the week and sleeps through the weekend. My dad works hard at everything.
He has never looked at me while working and said, “Pay attention, son. This is how you’re supposed to live your life.” The message, however, comes through.
Whether it’s seeing patients (my dad is a Family Nurse Practitioner, who now travels around to work at different pain clinics in Tennessee and Virginia), working on the farm or in the garden, or raising a good family, my dad works his hardest to achieve the goal. I hope I can be that kind of man, just like Granddaddy is, just like Poppa is, and like my great-grandfathers before.
Being a good man doesn’t come easy. You don’t just wake up “good” in this world. You have to work for it. Sometimes, you have to work hard. You sweat, bleed, and sometimes shed a few tears, but you don’t stop working til the job is finished. Like the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “I beat my body and make it my slave, so that….I will not be disqualified from the prize.”
I’m nowhere near being the kind of man that is exhibited in my family, but I’m trying to be. I’m working hard to be that man. I’m pressing hard toward the goal. With God’s help, I will succeed. I will run and not grow weary. I will walk and not faint. And one day, my child will see the legacy of hard work that I’m passing down which was given to me by my father.
So love on your dads today. I’m gonna do the same. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
Peace. Love. Roll Tide.

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2 thoughts on “Southern Dad

  1. The Laughable Cheese says:

    Wow this was nice. It somehow managed to portray something sentimental without being corny. I think we get a lot from our parents. And also I liked how you used the Bible quote. I am not religious myself in that way. But that made an excellent point.
    In the end we learn our lessons much more from what our parents show and not what they tell.

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