“The Treasure of a Great Dad”

JAMES MORRIS

Luke 11:11-12, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?”

             Today is a special day in our family. It is my dad’s birthday. He turns 70 years old today. It’s hard for me to believe that he is 70 years old because he is still doing so much and staying active with gardening, hunting, fishing and keeping up with grandchildren during this time of his life.

As I reflect back on my life and my relationship with my dad, I can think of so many characteristics and qualities that make up my dad’s life, but there are four that really stick out to me most often.

First, I have never questioned my dad’s love for me. From the time I could ever remember anything as a child to this present day there is no question that my dad loves me. He has sacrificed for me more than any other person in my life. He has showed his love for me through physical sacrifice, emotional sacrifice and at the sacrifice of his own well-being. I could never thank him enough for the sacrifices he has made for me. If I knew nothing else about my dad, I would definitely know that he loves me.

Second, he has always been available whenever I have needed him. There have been times I have needed to talk with him and I have called him. Other times, he just knew I needed him because he is my dad and he knows me as his son. This can be somewhat hard to explain except to simply say, he is my dad and he knows me. I’m so grateful he is there when I need him.

Third, he has always been someone I can trust. My dad is an honorable man who always stood on the side of caution if there could possibly be any conflict of interest that could arise. He always made the decision even if it would cost him money, time, prestige, award or anything else; my dad would always make the moral decision to do what was right. He has been trustworthy for others, and he certainly has been as a dad.

And fourth, he is someone I like spending time with. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t talk with my dad. Either I will call him, or he calls me almost every morning. I’ve been told I have a corny sense of humor many times, but I know I get that from my dad. I think corny humor loves the company of corny humor. I love talking with him and spending time with him whether it be on the phone, in the woods hunting together, or on the lake fishing. He’s fun to be with, but I love spending time with him because he is someone I love deeply and care about greatly.

As I reflect on my relationship with my dad I can’t help but think of my Heavenly Father as well. I didn’t give my heart to Jesus until I was 19 years old; however, as I reflect on giving my heart to Jesus, I am convinced that I have never doubted God’s love for me because of the blessed relationship I have had with my earthly dad. God gave me a great dad on this earth, and He probably did so because He knew how much I would need a dad like that to see God’s love for me. I can be very hard-headed and stubborn at times ( my family is Amening right now ) but God knew just what I needed in a daddy, and I am so grateful for James Ottis Morris.  Happy 70th birthday dad!

Sincerely,

Bryan

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