“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.”
Proverbs 17:6 NIV
My blog today is a little different from previous writings. God has been leading me to share some things about my Earthly Father. He was not perfect by any means, and his life was extremely difficult. He never met his father because his father left his mother before he was born. He quit school in the seventh grade to help his family which included his older brother and grandparents. He led a hard life.
My daddy was the most unselfish man I ever knew. He would literally give you the shirt off his back, and I have actually seen him do it on several occasions. He met no strangers. It did not matter to him what color you were or if you had everything or nothing. If you needed help or anything, he was always ready, willing, and trying to be helpful. I don’t remember him ever saying anything about expecting anything in return. I cannot remember every person my daddy helped, and I probably do not know of many of them. Since he owned several businesses, people were always asking for help. I remember many of the preachers of many of the churches in Waycross, GA were frequent visitors to my parents’ places of business. They were always seeking his help and support for others who were in need. After my daddy passed away, I learned of many who had received his help. Even this past week I met someone who said my daddy saved his life when he stopped him from doing something that was wrong and turned him another direction.
The main reason I wanted to tell about this incident was to remind myself and others that we can make a bigger difference in our lives if we will get out of our comfort zone and reach out to those with whom we come in contact. In future blogs, I will relate some more incidents that helped to change lives. We do not have to be wealthy, highly educated or highly skilled. We only need to have faith in our Heavenly Father and be willing to reach out to those in need.
Please pray for me and for all God’s children, as I am praying for each of you.