A Dad’s Advice To His Son
When I was a kid we subscribed to the Chicago Daily News, a newspaper (like so many others) that no longer exists. On Sundays, my two brothers (and dad) and I could hardly wait for our turn at the Sunday comics. I’ve since grown-up (kind of) and have outlived many of those childhood comic strips. But I still enjoy a bit of “comic relief” now and then. Given that bit of nostalgia, I’ve decided that Sundays will be when I share my “amusings.” My first one relates to “A Dad’s Devotions.”
Below is an Arlo and Janis (one of my current favorites) comic that I included with “A Dad’s Devotions.” It is a stereotype of how a father’s advice is often viewed by young sons – ignoring it. In Joel’s case, unlike Gene, he has always been pretty good about seeking out and following his mom’s advice or mine. Following the strip is my introduction to the devotions.
Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson
June 14, 1996
Things Joel might think or say about his Dad…
At 4 years old: My Daddy can do anything.
At 7 years old: My Dad knows a lot, a whole lot.
At 8 years old: My Father doesn’t quite know everything.
At 12 years old: Oh well, naturally Father doesn’t know it all.
At 14 years old: Father? Hopelessly old fashioned.
At 21 years old: Whoa, is that man out of date. What did you expect?
At 25 years old: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
At 30 years old: It’s amazing how wise he got in the last few years.
At 35 years old: We need to find out what Dad thinks about it.
At 50 years old: What would Dad have thought about it?
At 60 years old: My Dad knew everything.
At 65 years old: I wish I could talk it over with Dad one more time.
These devotions are for that day.
• My hope: that you will not wait for that day to read these pages to learn what I think. Hope does not disappoint.
• My wish: that the advice will be a reminder of things you were taught and not a new revelation. Wishes can come true.
• My fear: that you will find that I am better at giving advice than I have been at following it. Forgive me. Perfect love drives out fear.
• My faith: that you will accept and follow the advice that is given and that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Faith is being sure of what we hope for.
Congratulations on your College graduation (May 12, 2007).
Love and devotion,