Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
“Any man can be a father, but it takes a lot to be a dad.” I first heard that statement when I was a teenager. It has taken years to understand the truth behind it. My brothers and I have an awesome dad who has been by our sides and supported us in incredible ways, and since this Sunday is Father’s day, I’d like to send a shout out to my dad, Richard Harrison.
There are many things that stand out about my dad that make him a great man. He was successful in his work before moving on to even better things in retirement. The art of doing things well falls on my dad in many ways too. He knows everything about cars, and finances, and relationships, and lots of other stuff too.
But the most important things that I have in my file of “dad greatness” comes from the times when he was by my side, cheering me on. When the school that I loved needed support, my dad stepped up, served and worked hard. As a young teen I started taking horseback riding lessons, and I remember him watching, helping and pushing me to keep on even when I fell off. My favorite days were when he bought a farm, and we spent hours together, sometimes days, working on the farm and with the animals. When it was time to get married, my dad was the best man at my wedding. There are many, many more times I could share, and even in the last few days my dad has helped me be stronger.
I also love being a dad. Rebecca, Ruth and Ryan have my heart, and I love spending time with them, making them smile and teaching them about the important things in life. My dad did those things for me too. I am blessed.
These aren’t just dad thoughts… Happy father’s day to my dad. You are a great man, and I am grateful for you. Thank you for making my life better!
If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”