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Topic: fathers (06/06/05)
TITLE: My Father's Influence
By Brad Paulson
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Working with my Dad was not always easy. He often expected more from me than I thought I could deliver, and to this day, one of the things that brings the greatest anguish to my life is the possibility of disappointing my father. This is purely a self-inflicted condition. At times when I was unable to meet my challenge his response was always, “Learn from it and be confident that you’ll do better next time.” I was unaware at that time that the experience I was acquiring while working with him would prepare me for the multimillion dollar commercial projects that I supervise today. My father has always been able to see in me potential that I didn’t know I had, and from his point of view, even though I’ve done some dumb things and had some substantial failures, I don’t think he has ever considered me to be a disappointment.
I’m beginning to realize that God sees us in a similar way. God sees great potential in all of us. The difference is that the potential comes from God himself, and if we can be confident in his power he can do mighty things through us.
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father."
Now, go out and make your Father proud.
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