Caught Not Taught

 

Some lessons in life are caught not taught.

Here are five things I’ve learned by being around my dad for 31 years.

#5 – Kindness Always Counts

Something my dad has always valued is kindness. The truth kindness doesn’t cost a thing resonates with him.

He cares about kindness and was one thing he demanded from us as we grew up.

He has lived this out in his actions as well. He’s one of the kindest people I know.

#4 – Work Hard & Laugh Often

As long as I’ve been paying attention

my dad has been a Boeing employee. Up by 3:30 or 4 am and off to work.

I’m pretty sure my dad doesn’t love his job, but he loves his family and works hard to provide for them.

He also loves to laugh and finds fun in the monotony.

#3 – Love God, Serve in His House & Have Fun

My dad’s love for God and care for His house (the church) have had a huge impact on my life.

He loves his volunteer role at our church. He’s been serving in the kid’s ministry department for 10+ years.

My dad loves to inject fun and laughter in every story/lesson he writes.

#2 – Play With Your Kids & Make ‘em Laugh

I can hardly recall a time in which my dad was unavailable to play with us.

It didn’t matter if it was Wiffleball, basketball, football, a board game or card game.

My dad was always up for a game.

We laughed a lot.

#1 – Love Your Wife & Make Her Laugh

My dad’s devotion and love for my mom are vivid memories.

He would always side with her. They were unified in their decision-making.

He always did and still does make her laugh.

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Love you dad.

Thanks for being kind, working hard, loving God, playing with us and loving your wife.

And for making it fun and laughing along the way.

Happy Father’s Day.

 

*Here’s a podcast I recently recorded with my dad for Father’s Day:

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