Final words of advice from my Dad – Part 5

My Dad’s temporary journey on earth ended on January 6, 2014. During his last week, I sat with him for several hours. In an attempt to “keep him with me”, I asked him many questions. My Dad was always powerfully simple. This week I’m sharing his answers to five of my questions.

Question #1: Dad, what advice would you give me as a Dad? (You can read Dad’s response HERE.)

Question #2: Dad you and Mom have been married for 46 years, what advice would you give me as a husband? (You can read Dad’s response HERE.)

Question #3: I’ve heard that the two most common things that take a pastor down are usually sex or money. As a pastor, did you ever have temptations to be unfaithful to Mom? (You can read Dad’s response HERE.)

Question #4: I’ve heard that the two most common things that take a pastor down are usually sex or money. As a pastor, were you ever tempted to be dishonest with money? (You can read Dad’s response HERE.)

Today is the final Question #5: Dad, you’ve been a pastor for several decades, what advice do you have for me as a younger pastor?

Dad: “Stay close to God. It helps with the difficulties.”

That was it. That was the last piece of advice my Dad ever gave me.

I used to think a legacy was about doing something magnificent. Now I believe it’s about being ordinary and dependable for a long period of time while loving those closest to you. I’m proud of my Daddy’s legacy.

I guess we’re all building a legacy that will impact others aren’t we?

Thanks for sharing with me in this series.


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2 thoughts on “Final words of advice from my Dad – Part 5

  1. What a glorious tribute to your Dad. Thanks for allowing us a peek into his life and legacy. Someone commented they wish they could have known him , and then said they did because they knew you!
    We will all leave a legacy to our children. Trusting God to help us leave a legacy of faith, hope and love in the midst of a world that is so contrary to it takes extraordinary vision and perseverance. It’s a joy to see that kind of faith lived-out right in the neighborhood.

    • Thank you Connie.

      It’s easy to pay attention to the day-to-day urgent things while ignoring the important things isn’t it? No one wants their legacy to be “kept a clean house” or “responded to all emails promptly”.

      I enjoy a friendship with one of your sons who is a shining example of you and Randy’s legacy.