Have you ever had an “Aha!” moment where you connect the dots and instantly understand something? I had one of those a couple of years ago. My parents had taught me something profound, and yet, in my ignorance, I had made it boring and mundane.
It’s been fun to recap many of the lessons I learned from my Dad throughout this series. I trust you have enjoyed them as well. I’ve been challenged to follow my Dad’s example of taking normal life experiences and using them to teach eternal lessons. It’s a task that will never end, but is well worth the effort.
I grew up in an averaged sized ranch on about three quarters of an acre of land. We were just on the line between suburbs and rural Midwestern America. In the back of our property, we had a big “burn pile” where we would carry leaves, limbs, trimmed bushes, and anything else that could be burned.
“We’re not going to tell Mom about this one.” Do you ever recall your Dad telling you that as a child? Yes, I know, parents shouldn’t keep secrets, but sometimes you do things with Dad that are better left unsaid when you are around Mom.
If you lived in Indianapolis in the 1990s, the phrase “Boom Baby!!” brings back fantastic memories. If you lived elsewhere, I’m sorry. You missed out on a good thing.
Life in the 21st century has a lot of perks. A quick trip across the country is commonplace. I decide what book I want and Amazon brings it to me in 48 hours. My wife asks for pizza and Papa John’s is standing on our porch within the hour. It seems like everything can be ordered on demand.
If your mere words could cause someone to achieve 50% more, would you pay closer attention to what you said? I know I sure would. This notion of the “power of praise” has become completely cliché. And yet, there is truth in the cliché.
My dad and I were cleaning up from 4 year old Sunday School and it was almost time for the church service to start. I was about 10 years old. Rather than going to the service, he sat down and asked me what I would think about moving to Europe.