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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: My Father. My Dad. My Friend
By Crystal-Gayle Goodman


My father. My Dad. My friend. How do I begin to talk about the man who has so influenced my life? As a father, he has provided for me and he has protected me. My dad has been there for me everyday. He was present in the good and in the bad. He has been more than a friend. Heís been a mentor. I am so privileged to be able to honour my father.

The word ďfatherĒ elicits so many thoughts and emotions. The word itself isnít significant. Itís the person who represents the word who is significant. Itís 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 ďDare to be a DanielĒ. 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 donít 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. Itís a bit daunting to try and describe my fatherís 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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Dee Yoder 04/17/08
A good dad is such a blessing from the Lord. You shared many good reasons that you're grateful to have a wonderful dad. Sometimes it is hard to put into words all the things we feel about our parents, but you were able to relate quite a examples of how you feel about your dad.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/19/08
Beautifully written and hits the nail (TOPIC) on the head! Your descriptions of father, dad and friend brought me to tears...as it was so honestly and sincerely put down in words. Your dad's usage of "Dare to be a Daniel" reminds me of the Ezekiel 14 scripture that tells how God picks Daniel, Noah and Job as three persons who He will save. Brilliant job of writing, and super Entry!
Fiona Dorothy Stevenson04/20/08
Good one. God bless you.
Lynn Jacky 04/25/08
Hi: Great story, loved your descriptions of your dad. Good luck and keep writing.