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Topic: fathers (06/06/05)
TITLE: Father of the Century
By Christine Rhee
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I think you should choose my father to be Father of the Year, because, well, because he¡¯s THE BEST!! He has given me the richest heritage ever.
My dad gave me my smile. He always called me Sunshine while I was growing up and encouraged me to share my smile with others. Just the other day, Sabrina Mahoney told me that one of the reasons she accepted Jesus was that when I smiled at her, she felt totally and completely loved by God.
Dad also gave me my laughter. He was always goofy and cracking jokes, and that overflowed into my personality. That¡¯s what helps people feel comfortable around me, and eventually, we seem to end up talking about Jesus.
Dad gave me my sense of fun. He just expected to have good times, and he took us along. We were always off to a hiking or camping trip, or on a picnic. So, I have grown up, expecting to enjoy life, and to find ways to do that. My own kids will tell you that I am a fun mom, and this has helped us to have a close relationship. I am so thankful that Dad taught me by his example to keep on being a kid, even when I grew up.
Dad gave me my sense of adventure. He called each of my endeavors ¡°Flo-ey¡¯s Big Adventure.¡± He also told me that if I really wanted to do something, I¡¯d be able to, as long as I set my mind to it. This is what has given me the courage to do mission work in many different foreign countries and lead people from all over the world (including a couple of girls from Iraq!) to the Lord.
Dad gave me my gift of writing. While I was growing up, he always told me this was the most important skill to develop. I have been able to use this talent in many different ways, and especially as we work to spread the Gospel.
Finally, my Dad taught me, by his example to be an overcomer. Dad has had some awfully terrible things happen to him, and he could have let those mishaps make him hard and bitter, like a grotty old cup of coffee. But instead, Dad has always been willing to forgive, and to work to make even the situations which were most painful for him better, like the freshest, most aromatic cup of French Roast you can imagine.
So, events that could have torn our family apart have actually brought us closer together, and built character in us, as well. I am so thankful to my dad for this, because I can give the same gift and legacy to my own family throughout the years to come.
This is why I hope you will give my Dad the honor of naming him Father of the Year. For surely, in my book, he is the Father of a Lifetime.
Sincerely with all my heart,
Mrs. Flo Hopewell
Dear Mrs. Hopewell,
Thank you for your letter recommending that we name your dad Father of the Year. Unfortunately, we must deny your request , as we find your father far too overqualified.
As an alternative, we have named him Father of the Century.
May God bless you and your family, as you live out his legacy.
The Father of the Century Committee.
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