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Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)
TITLE: Father's Special Birthday
By Esther Phillips
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They took the baby home and Frank began his journey of establishing a father/daughter relationship with his baby girl. He was a farmer so that gave him opportunity to pop into the house many times during the day. When she was just a toddler, he took her with him every chance he got. In fact, when the girl was older, her mother told her that when she was a little girl, she would stand next to the window with her nose pressed into the glass if she didn’t get to go, saying “I want my Daddy.”
Frank taught his daughter all the things he felt were important for a girl to know. Some of the things he taught were how to tie her shoes, ride a bike, and save her allowance.
One of the greatest lessons Frank taught his daughter was about integrity. He would say that one of the most important things in life is “to make your word good.” It was one of those lessons that Frank showed to his daughter through his actions.
For instance, he called a dealership one day to see about ordering a piece of farm equipment. He told the dealer that he wanted to buy that equipment that he had seen when he was in there the day before. He asked the dealer, “Do I need to come in to sign the paperwork or can you just have it delivered, and I will sign the sales agreement when you get here?” He added, “You know my word is good.”
The dealer agreed to deliver the huge piece of equipment ten miles out of town and without a signature on a sales agreement.
Integrity is taught in the Bible in Proverbs 10:9, “The man of integrity walks securely but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” Another place to find integrity in the Bible is 2 Chronicles 29:17, “I know my God that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (NIV)
The little girl grew up not only sharing her birthday with her father, but also sharing his sense of “making his word good.” You see, I know, because I am that little girl.
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