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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: fathers (06/06/05)

TITLE: My Father's Influence
By Brad Paulson


The person who has had the most influence on my building career is my Dad. I was a construction baby and my earliest memories include images of job sites where I began as the clean up kid, worked my way up to broom pusher and eventually started swinging a hammer. I even remember one Christmas, when my friends were receiving toys and games, I received a set of Occidental Leather nail bags. By the time I was sixteen, my dad had taught me how to build a house from start to finish. My mind overflows with fond memories of warm summer days in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California building cabins with my father. To this day when I cut into a fresh piece of douglas fir and smell the pungent aroma escaping from the grain, Iím transported back in time.

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, ďLearn from it and be confident that youíll do better next time.Ē 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 didnít know I had, and from his point of view, even though Iíve done some dumb things and had some substantial failures, I donít think he has ever considered me to be a disappointment.

Iím 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."
John 14:12,13

Now, go out and make your Father proud.

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Shari Armstrong 06/13/05
ďLearn from it and be confident that youíll do better next time.Ē Words to live by -and simliar to what Dad told my sister and me. Very nice!
Karen Deikun06/13/05
I loved this - especially that you were a construction baby! Sounds like a wonderful relationship with your father and a nice segue to applying that same relationship to God.
Leslie Lamb06/13/05
I wish more people could see the influence of our Father. Thank you for sharing your insight.
Sally Hanan06/13/05
Compact, says everything you need to say, and powerful last line.
Tesiri Moweta06/14/05
I sure will...thanks for sharing.
Phyllis Inniss 06/15/05
Your father's influence was powerful and positive. Your heavenly Father blessed you with a father who was proud of you and made you proud in return. Your story was powerful and positive.
Angela Ranson06/15/05
Great verse to use, and I loved the way you ended it.
dub W06/17/05
Tough for dads to push hard to make our offspring realize we are training them. Thank you for your article.
Suzanne R06/19/05
It was a nice connection between your 'construction dad' and your heavenly Dad. Well done!