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.
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
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.
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