Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Daddy

Happy birthday, Dad!
I love you so much! I wish there was some way that I could show you, or that I could find the perfect words to tell you, just how much I love you. As I sit here typing this, my heart is bursting with emotion, but I just can't seem to find the words to express them. You have always been such a good dad. My entire life I have always been proud of you........proud of you as a father.........proud to be your daughter. There were times in my life that I may not have really liked you, but those were the times that I was ashamed of myself. The funny thing is though, although I know you we're disappointed in the choices I was making, I don't feel you were ever ashamed of me. (If by chance you were ashamed of me, you can just keep that to yourself! Ha!)  You have always been such a strong foundation for me. Any time I have needed you, you have been there. I remember one time in particular when I was struggling deep in my spirit. I was reading in my Bible and I had a question about something so I called you at work. I was happy with you explanation, but I was still troubled deep inside. And you must have sensed how difficult my struggle was, because you told me you were leaving work to come and see me. And Dad, I will never forget, for as long as I live, when you walked through my front door. You crossed the thresh-hold, and you brought the peace of God with you. I could actually feel peace wash over me. And since that day, I have always associated you with peace. You are a bringer of peace. 
 A peacemaker.
 Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."
A child of God! And a most excellent man!
At a ladies Bible study, I heard a passage of scripture used to describe Annanias when he went to Saul, and laid hands on him and prayed for him. 
Psalm 45:2 "You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever."
Dad, you too, are a 'most excellent' man. Your lips have been anointed with grace. God has blessed you forever. You also, are a blessing, and a most excellent man, to those you come in contact with. And I would bet that everyone I asked, would confirm that!
Dad, I'm guessing that you probably don't see yourself as a most excellent man. You probably see your faults, and are most likely aware of your short-comings. (I don't see them, but you are human, after all, so I'm guessing even you, must have them!)
I heard a statement years ago that has always stuck with me.
"Never strive for perfection; you will never attain it. Strive instead, for excellence."
In striving for excellence, we can only move forward, becoming closer and closer to who we are intended to be in Christ.
And that is who you are. 
A most excellent father.
A most excellent husband.
A most excellent brother.
A most excellent man.

I love you.
Your 'most excellent' daughter.