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Being A Hall Of Fame Dad

In 1983, construction workers were remodeling the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Moving a display cabinet, they found something very unusual. They saw an old photograph tucked behind the furniture – the picture of a stocky, friendly-looking man in a baseball uniform, with the words “Sinclair Oil” on the shirt. Stapled to the picture was a note in a man’s handwriting: “You were never too tired to play ball. On your days off, you helped build the Little League field. You always came to watch me play. You were a Hall of Fame Dad! I wish I could share this moment with you.” It was a mystery how the picture got there and who placed it there, but apparently an athlete who was being inducted did it. He was proud of his dad and believed he deserved special recognition, so he held his own little induction ceremony. In essence, he was saying, “Dad, you deserve a place among the best – you are a Hall of Fame Father.”

I would like to think that the ball player told his dad what he did; it would be a shame if he didn’t. He may have been deceased from the wording of the note. Too many children and parents go through life without hearing acceptance for who they are and affirmation for what they have done. Please honor your dad on this special Father’s Day weekend. If he is no longer living, pause and thank God for the good things which he taught you and the love which he showed. I am sure that many sacrifices were made on your behalf. Everyone sins and makes mistakes. However, “If there is anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

If you are a dad, recommit yourself to be honorable as your family honors you (Proverbs 26:1). Give your children plenty of reasons to “rise up and bless you,” just as it speaks of the godly woman in Proverbs 31:28. The Heavenly Father says to us as Solomon spoke to his child, “Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad” (Proverbs 27:11).

I consider it a great blessing to be the father of Kristin, Evan, and Allyson. My precious wife, Janet, was blessed by God to not only allow me to father these children, but to teach them to respect and love me. She filled in the gaps so many times as I was busy being a pastor and looking after other people’s families. May the Lord continue to “build the house” (Psalm 127:1). “How blessed is the man” who has these “gifts of the Lord” (Psalm 27:3, 5).

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