Acts 4:13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – As you might recall, I wrote “A Dad’s Devotions” for my son Joel when he graduated from college. In the forward I wrote: “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.” I might have added as well, “or of living it.” Today, in this “special edition” of “A Dad’s Devotions” I turn my attention to my dad (who would have turned 86 today), who did live it.
Like Peter and John in the verse above, my dad could be described as an ordinary unschooled man. But while he may have seemed ordinary to those who did not know him, he was extraordinary to me. What he lacked in formal schooling he more than made up in experience, common sense, wisdom and spiritual discernment. Those who knew him “took note” that he “had been with Jesus.” Indeed, his devotion to his Savior was a defining characteristic, as was his devotion as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grand father.
He was not a writer, but his signature and the smiling face “emoji” on the back or underside of his woodworking projects given as gifts to those he loved spoke volumes. He said little in conversations. But when he did speak, people listened attentively. Even those with many more years of schooling than he had felt they could learn something from what he would say. They saw in him a man of integrity who made sense and lived sensibly. His life was an example and His words were consistent with his actions.
I don’t remember what it was that I said or did, but my mom once commented to me, “Steve, you’re turning into your dad.” My response was, “nothing would honor me more than to turn out just like my dad.” I fear that I am doing a poor job of it, however.
My Advice – I wrote advice for my son. My dad modeled advice for me. I wrote on paper for my son, my dad wrote on my heart. Make sure that what you say on paper is not everything you have to say. Say more with your life than you do with your “letters.”
P.S. – I miss you dad.