Legacy of Faith
On Wednesday afternoon around 4:00 PM, February 26, Dad made his transition into the Presence of our Lord! Permit me to share a few thoughts that I expressed in the message at his funeral. Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (NASB). My Dad built barns for many years. But more importantly, Dad and Mom built a Christian family. This legacy of faith did not start with Dad, but he was faithful to continue the legacy of faith handed to him.
Dad built his Christian family with Faith. Dad became a Christian when he was twelve or thirteen years old during a revival meeting. When Dad married Mom, he married a Christian lady. Dad expressed his faith by remaining faithful to our Lord and His Church. Any time the church doors were open, we were always there; always! Dad expressed his faith by reading the Bible; he loved the history of the Old Testament. Dad expressed his faith by giving the tithe and oftentimes above the tithe. Dad and Mom taught us children to tithe. While Dad was building barns, he never advertised his business in the newspaper. The Lord provided work for Dad and his crew. Dad expressed his faith through prayer. Before Dad and his crew raised a barn, Dad would go off by himself and pray, asking the Lord for safety as they raised the main structure of the barn. When they finished raising the main structure of the barn, Dad would again go off by himself and thank the Lord for safety.
Dad also built his Christian family with Work. Dad believed in a very strong work ethic. Three words describe Dad’s work ethic: fast, competitive, and quality. He was very quick. He would do his level best to outwork anyone but, more important to Dad than quickness was quality. When Dad built barns, he built them right. He was known for quality-built barns.
Dad also built his Christian family with Love. Dad expressed his love with strong Discipline. He believed firmly in spare the rod and spoil the child. Sometimes, I thought that Scripture was his favorite. He expressed his love with generosity. He helped many people financially as well as helping them with whatever they needed done. Dad expressed his love with fun. He would rather tease than eat his dinner. And Dad expressed his love through encouragement. He was always there for us. Always!
Will we join Dad in building Christian families? Will we join Dad in leaving a Legacy of Faith? Will we join Dad at Jesus’ feet?