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Dads Say the Craziest Things!
June 9, 2015



Like most kids growing up, I heard all manner of strange and confusing things emanating from my parents.  Like:  “Eat your vegetables. They’ll grow hair on your chest.”  It never happened for me or for my sisters either for that matter. Although these odd “dad-isms” didn’t make a lot of sense at the time, thinking back I can see some real value in many of them and even passed them on to my kids.  I think they even had some biblical support.  Here are just a few:

“When I was a kid, I had to walk three miles to school uphill both ways.”   Of course any kid can see that’s impossible, but I got the point.  I think what he was trying to say is that no one promised us an easy road.  In fact, Jesus didn’t either.  He said, “…in this world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  Some things are meant to make us stronger.  The child who grows up thinking that things should be made easy for him will have a rude awakening.  Kids need to know that nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without a good measure of blood, sweat and tears.

“The best way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.”  Every child needs to learn the lessons of wise stewardship.  I was amazed to discover that the Bible speaks more about our money than almost anything else, because of the power it can have on us.  Early on, kids can learn about earning money, saving, giving and tithing and wise spending. 

“Stop whining or I’ll give you something to whine about.” Nobody wants to raise a whiner.  Smile and the world will smile with you I always said.  The lesson here is that things could always be worse.  Just be thankful and God will give you more to thank Him for.  Complain and the devil will give you more to complain about.  “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”(1 Thessalonians 5;18)

“This is going to hurt me more than it’ll hurt you.”  Actually, my Dad never said that.  He made sure it hurt me more than it hurt him.  He wasn’t afraid to use the board of education on my seat of learning. The lesson is very clear, sometimes we need correction.  The Bible tells us that if we are God’s children, He will discipline us the way a loving father should (Hebrews 12:3-11).  child.”   At those difficult times when everything is going sideways, or Murphy’s Laws are thrust upon you, maybe you’ve been sent to God’s naughty corner.  Just sayin’.

“Any job worth doing is worth doing well.”  I was taught that I would be known by the measure of excellence I put into my work.  Proverbs 20:11 says “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right.”  Whether cleaning his room or at a later time performing heart surgery, he will leave his mark on every job he does.  My Dad let me know that often the difference between a great job done or a mediocre job is just a little extra time spent doing it.  As Christians, our work should reflect the highest standards as an expression of our love for Jesus.  “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men. “  (Colossians 3:23)

“Good things come to those who wait.”  I took some pleasure in passing this one on to my kids.  They needed to know that answers usually aren’t instant.  Sometimes you just have to be patient and wait for things to fall into place.  The kid who is ruled by his emotions and wants to gratify his every immediate  wish is certain to struggle through life.  The great spiritual lesson is about learning to wait on the Lord.  He has His perfect timing.  He may seem slow, but He’s never late!  I call it “holy waiting’.  “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart.  Wait, I say on the Lord.”  (Psalm 27:14)

“You only live once. Make the best of it.”  We all come into the world with a limited number of days, weeks and years.  We have a choice of how to use them so chose well.  Time goes by so very quickly and one day, our time on earth will be over.  We know the Bible tells us the …”It is appointed for men once to die, but after this the judgment.”  (Hebrews 9:27)  My mother used to tell us that God has a number for everyone of us and when that number is called, its time to go.  I remember like it was yesterday when my sister got ahold of me on my cellphone to let me know that Dad has had a serious heart attack and it didn’t look very good.  I got on the next plane to Saskatoon and met my brothers and sisters at the hospital and we stood around his bed at the ICU.  He never regained consciousness.  As I held his hand for the first time since I was a little kid, I thought about some of those proverbial words of wisdom that finally made a lot of sense.  Then I said, “Dad, I don’t know if you can hear me, but just reach out to the Lord and He’ll receive you.”  Hoping to see him again when I get there.


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