You would have to meet my Dad to fully appreciate this post, but he is 90 years old and is still going strong. He is actively engaged in his church, rides a bike, plays golf, loves his men’s bible study group, still farms, and smiles almost all the time. He is one of those “snow birds” who spends six months in Naples, Florida and six months on his farm in East Tennessee.
I recently had the blessing of a week of time with my Dad. One morning, after eating a country breakfast (which Dad insisted on cooking for Rodney and me but we knew it was his favorite), we sat at the breakfast table and talked about life and lessons learned. Here are a few of the nuggets of wisdom I heard from my Dad. I offer it as a gift to all dads this Father’s Day.In celebration of Father's Day here are 17 Nuggets of Wisdom From My 90 Year Old Dad Himself! #FathersDay Click To Tweet
17 Nuggets of Wisdom From My 90-Year-Old Dad Himself
- Work hard. There is great joy and fulfillment in work.
- Eat a country breakfast often – complete with biscuits, gravy, bacon, sausage, or ham and homemade jelly! (We laughed at this but Dad was serious. It is hard to argue with a healthy 90-year-old man. You might want to check with your doctor first.)
- God must be the head of your life
- Have a strong commitment to the church.
- A personal relationship and a personal faith in Christ. (It was beautiful to hear Dad share again about coming to faith in Christ as a 13-year-old boy and then coming to a deeper understanding of the gospel at 17 in a study of Romans that confirmed the truth of his salvation. Dad said, “I have never doubted my salvation from that point until now. I believe God’s word.”)
- Relish the peace and joy of being with believers in worship and in study of scripture.
- Love serving others in the church and love serving others through the ministry of the church.
- Learn to accept people as they are and not try to make them the way you think they should be.
- Remember God will see you through it all. (And he’s one to talk… he’s been through a lot! Dad served in World War II at age 20, lived through the Great Depression but was quick to say he never went hungry. He had to identify his closest brother after a tragic car wreck, and walked the hard road of my mom’s breast cancer and her death.)
- Meditate on scripture. The passage that says Jesus will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) has been a foundation for my life and my experience.
- Laughter is a good thing. I like to give the gift of laughter.
- Always try to look at the positive. Negative people bother me. It’s a habit they get in and don’t even realize it. Negative people depress me. I determined not to be that.
- As long as we live, we still have a mission to do. (Dad shared about people who don’t know Christ that he is still sharing with and praying for like his brother-in-law.)
- Even in death, I know that joy will come.
- I can’t image living without hope.
- I have learned from many people in life. I even learned from a con artist how to see things from the other side. I am still learning.
- I love studying scripture especially with my men’s group and learning more about God.
This time with Dad was packed with laughter and with tears. It was a priceless time for us around that breakfast table on that Naples morning. I pray these nuggets of wisdom from my Dad will inspire and challenge all of us to live life to the fullest all the days of our life.
“The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courts of our God. They will bear fruit in old age, healthy and green, to declare: The Lord is just; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” Psalm 92:12-15'Laughter is a good thing. I like to give the gift of laughter.' One of the lessons from my Dad on the blog: Click To Tweet
What nuggets of wisdom would you add from your Dad?
Happy Father’s Day!