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Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)
TITLE: My Father. My Dad. My Friend
By Crystal-Gayle Goodman
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The word “father” elicits so many thoughts and emotions. The word itself isn’t significant. It’s the person who represents the word who is significant. It’s the person who brings life and meaning to the word. When I think about my father, I am happy. Why? I can in all honesty say that I am the person I am today because of the person my father has been and is to me.
To me, a father instills truth. One lesson I remember clearly is “Dare to be a Daniel”. This is in reference to Daniel in the Bible. Daniel was different. He stood up for what he believed in and God protected him and then He promoted him. My Dad instilled this life lesson as a child and to this day, I live by this truth. I don’t try to be like anyone else because my purpose and destiny is specific to me.
To me, a father challenges. Challenge comes through discipline. It also comes through encouragement. He has always encouraged me to be the best me. Awards and accolades are great, but it was the always knowing that he wholeheartedly supported me, regardless of the outcome, that really helped to develop my sense of self.
To me, a father loves. Love is such a big word. It’s a bit daunting to try and describe my father’s love in only a few sentences. A few things I know for sure: my father is a man of integrity. He puts the needs of his family before his own. My father loves, honours and respects my mother, which in turn, sets the bar of expectation for my own choice of a husband and father to my children.
What else can I say except that my father is a gift from God. My father instills truth. My father challenges me. And I have a sense of peace in knowing that my father loves me.
He is my father. He is my dad. He is my friend.
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