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A Word About Fathers

A Word About Fathers

By Joel B.

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Dads are wonderful people. Sometimes they do silly things. For instance, I bought my dad some Terro ant baits to get rid of the ants that have been invading the kitchen counter at night. I don’t know how he managed to do this, but before I went to bed last night there was Terro from the traps spilled all over the kitchen counter and ants were everywhere, drinking to their death. I woke up my mom and not only got a bit of a laugh with her, but we put out a couple more traps to lure the feasting ants away from the mess and to their ultimate fate. I know it’s a funny story, but I couldn’t help but tell it to embarrass my dad on Father’s Day.

However, let me tell you about how I view my dad. Even though he makes messes and drives everybody bonkers; he’s the most hard working and respectable man I know. He’s going on 71 years-old and he wakes up fives days a week at 4 am and works hard until 2:30 pm. He not only works hard, but he inspires others and tries to help them when he can. He does this because he has a zest for life and he doesn’t want to get behind or see anybody else get stuck behind either. Like I said; he’s an inspiration.

I owe a lot to my dad for who I am today or even who I would like to still become. He has taught me maturity, truth, and self respect. He also taught me to stand up for what I believe in. I couldn’t have picked a better dad for myself, so I certainly know why God chose my dad specifically for me.

So, sons, daughters, wives or just anybody who knows a dad this Father’s Day, take a moment to reach out to these important men in our lives. They are an important part of who we are and who we hope to become. Thank you for reading and God bless.

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. Very courteous article about your dad. He is known to go to the aide of other men in the workplace if they are having a problem with a project. His boss advised others to pick his brains because he had told him that he hopes to retire in the near future.
    He sets a good example. Pleased that it shows through to his son.

  2. The six most meaningful words I have heard this weekend were from my college age son: ” Thank you for being my father.” My dad went to be with the Lord several years ago at the age of 92. He left behind a huge spiritual family. He was a pastor and because of his ministry an entire family of 7 children came to know the Lord. They are all faitthfully serving the Lord in various parts of the country.

    • John, thanks for sharing. That is a great testimony and legacy you shared about your father. It’s awesome that all 7 children came to know the Lord. Praise Jesus! 🙂

  3. That is a grat legacy that your family has followed and one being created for the next generation as well. Thanks for sharing this JLC 🙂

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