Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dad’s 59th birthday.  I am blessed with a great dad.  When I was younger I tried his parental patience and yet he still associates with me:) 

I am thankful for lessons of life that my dad has taught me.  Things that have shaped me and that I have valued in ministry.  My dad, is not a minister but he has been a model to me in work ethic and loyalty that has helped me in ministry. 

Here are some things I have learned from my dad:

1.  Marriage is for life.  He has been married to my mother for 39 years.  This helps me know that marriage is a commitment.  When life was challenging growing up, I watched my parents work through it.  My dad was faithful to my mother and was glad to come home every night from work.

2.  Be loyal.  My dad was the dedicated employee of the same company for 36 years.  He worked his way up from the bottom of the totem pole.  He has now retired but gone back to work for the same company as a contractor.  Growing up, I never heard my dad talk bad about his boss or come home and gripe about the company he worked for.  If he didn’t like something, he didn’t say it in front of us.  Loyalty to the people you serve is necessary.  Whether you stay in the same place for 39 years or move to another job or ministry.  Be loyal to those you serve.

3.  Work hard.  I have tried to count the times my dad stayed at home sick from work and I can honestly say I cannot think of any.  My dad went to work every day without fail.  He went to work sick.  He often would work long hours.  My dad taught me early on in life that if you want to always have a job, work hard, there are too many slackers.  When it comes to lay-offs they let the slackers go first.  Make yourself irreplaceable.  I have tried this principle from the time I started working.  I believe in working hard just like Mike and thankfully, I have never been without a job in my 21 years in the workforce.

Thanks Dad for the lessons you taught me.  You probably didn’t think I was paying attention:) Happy Birthday!

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