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Remembering Daddy

Dr. Jerry Patterson

It's Father's Day. Lots of articles being written about fathers.

Well, if anyone every wanted to write an article about caring men, they would do well to write about my daddy. And if anyone ever wrote about men who lived their faith, they'd have to write about him. Or if anyone wanted to write about men who were conscientious, men who did more than what was expected of them regardless of the personal sacrifice, they'd have to write about my daddy. He was just that kind of man.

My personal tribute to my daddy is to be able to say, that of all the men I have ever known, he came closest to living the elements of goodness. I think that was because my daddy lived his faith. I'm not one hundred percent sure of that. All I really know is that he lived his goodness and in living it, he became a very special influence on other folks.

Jerry Patterson
Dr. Jerry Patterson
I suppose all men who die are missed. But I miss my daddy in the same way I miss a beautiful sunrise once it is over, or a beautiful flower when it has faded. I miss him not only because of what he did, but because of what he lived. Many people are missed because of what they've done. But to be missed because of what you've lived is to be missed ultimately, I think.

But I remember my daddy in the same way that I remember all of the good things that have ever come my way. These memories are what he left to those of us who were privileged to have known him. He left more than memories.

He left challenges. Who else have I known who lived a life that challenged me to demonstrate to others all the charity and goodness my daddy demonstrated? Who else have I known who lived a life that has challenged me to make the world a nicer place? Surely, one of God's reasons for putting my daddy among us was to show all of us that we can make life better for others. God succeeded.

So, if anyone wants to write an article about caring men who lived a life that challenges the rest of us, they'd do well to write about my daddy. But, on the other hand, my daddy would have shunned that kind of attention and fuss. Even though the attention would have been merited, my daddy would have smiled his little smile and turned away. That's the kind of man my daddy was. And it is the kind of man he is in those of us who were touched by his life.

Think about it.


Jerry is a humorist, philosopher, and shrewd observer. His programs are loaded with clean, down-home family-oriented humor. Jerry stresses values and our ability to obtain desired results from our behavior.
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