10 Lessons My Father Taught Me (And I Hope to Pass On To My Children)

Since it’s Father’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to share 10 lessons my father taught me that I hope to pass on to my children.

  1. Work Hard
  2. Play Hard
  3. Love Your Family
  4. Be Faithful to Your Church
  5. Humility is Honorable
  6. Don’t Get into Debt
  7. Be Kind
  8. Smile A Lot
  9. A Good Name is Better than Riches
  10. Life is Short

These are just some of the things my daddy taught me, hooks to hang my life on.  Now that I’m 38 years old, these truths have only increased in value.

Scanning the list, the last lesson is one I wish he didn’t teach me.  When I was 27 years old, I said goodbye to my father until I see him in heaven. Twelve months after being diagnosed with cancer, God saw fit to take him home.  It’s now been almost 11 years since that day.  I have often thought about all the life he has missed—seeing me graduate from seminary, seeing me become a father, meeting 8 of his 9 grandchildren that he never knew. I often reflect on how his life was cut short and how I’m not guaranteed a longer life than he lived.  His untimely death serves as a constant reminder to me that life is short.  I have the same sentiment as Jonathan Edwards, “Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.”  I don’t want to bank on 90 years of life when I might only have 50. So by God’s grace, I am resolved to “live with all my might.”  The Bible says that the only life worth living is one that is sold out for Christ. I fully believe the best way I can honor my father the most is to leverage the rest of my days and the rest of my strength for the glory of Christ.

God’s plan to bless the world included fathers.  I was blessed with a great one.  I will always be thankful for the memories and life lessons I learned from my daddy. I only hope my children will learn the same from me.

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