One word that comes to my mind when I think of my father is the word, “proud.” He is proud of his children. It is more than being proud of what we do or what we may have accomplished. It is pride in his children simply because we are his children.
His expression of pride is a true encouragement. When I was a child and tried and failed, he was there to lift me up and help me start again.
As I neared the age of driving, he suggested a project for us to do together. We took an old Volkswagen, removed the body, and built a frame to go in its place. We measured and sawed and he carefully welded the frame.
When it was complete, it looked like a Fred Flintstone car. We did not have dunes in Middle Georgia but we had plenty of swamps so it got the name of Swamp Buggy.
I spent many years driving that buggy around town and on trips. I drove it in the swamps of Middle Georgia, the beaches of Southeast Georgia, and the mountains of North Georgia. Everywhere I went, it was a big hit and my father was proud of his son in that noticeable car.
We are both adults now and his pride still gives me strength through challenges as well as victories. In an age where people are quick to look for fault and failure, his pride for his children remains solid. When I face challenges in life, he is shows just as much pride in me as he does when I have great victories.
The love of God is unconditional. As the old song goes, “He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.”
Because of Christ, I can confidently and boldly approach God, knowing that I am accepted fully in Him. To the extent humanly possible, my father’s pride for his children is a picture of God’s love for each of us.
God has blessed my father and our family with over 9 decades of life on this earth. I pray for God’s continued blessings. Happy Father’s Day.
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