Unconsciously, we learn so much by observing our parents, good and bad. Since we are still in June, today I'm focusing on things I learned by watching my father.
- Anytime is good for a nap.
- Any place is good for a nap. Laying on the sofa with the TV on is prime napping real estate.
- Getting up early and contemplating life (also known as staring at your toes) while drinking your coffee starts the day well.
- Any project worth doing needs time to "age."
- Ice cream is a wonderful pre-bed time snack.
- Listening to the news is of the utmost importance.
- Tell your child often that you believe he or she will do something great.
- Affirm your child by dwelling on their strengths; for example, "You're like me, you can handle pain well." or "You are such a good speller, like a dictionary."
- Give advice to your child, such as, "Never trust a businessman who doesn't have his shoes cleaned and polished." His theory was if they didn't care enough to take the time to look their best, their work was probably shoddy. (Note how nice his shoes look in the above picture!)
- Every night before going to bed, (usually after a nap on the couch), he would say, "I'm going to my office" and he would get out his bible and read before going to sleep. If you went in his room to tell him anything, you'd see him propped up in bed reading his green hard back copy of the Living Bible.
Was he a perfect dad? No. Did he make mistakes? You betcha!
But he loved us, and did his best in later life. His gift to us was affirming the practice of regular consistent reading of the Word. Might that be the reason why today I am so passionate about bible study? Monkey see, Monkey do!
What lessons did you learn by observing your father?
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