I always thought my dad was the perfect man. I had always heard there was a connection between a girl’s relationship with her father and how she would relate to her husband, so I thought marriage should be pretty easy. The problem was that I always thought my dad was right, not so with my new husband!
My dad was always a man’s man. He told stories of growing up riding broncs on the ranch in Oklahoma. As a young man he loved to get into a good fight and did well at boxing. He loved to hunt and to raise animals. He was saved when he was 18, and two years later went in the Air Force, where he was grounded in the Word by the Navigators in Germany. I still love to hear about his experiences in the military. His preferred mode of transportation was a horse, a motorcycle or a pick-up truck.
Yet he enjoys flowers and fancy meals. He loves to eat on china and prefers a sweet romantic movie to a shoot’em up. When he could, he bought my mother jewelry for holidays. He would open the door for women and never let mom or us girls walk on the street side of the side walk. That was the protector’s side.
When my dad was saved, God changed his life completely. After serving his four years in the Air Force, he went to Bible college, married my mom and took off for the mission field of Central America. My dad loves to study the Bible. If he is not working outside, he is sitting at his table studying his Bible. When I was at home, he was always teaching me, asking me questions. I loved memorizing verses with him and quizzing each other back and forth any time we were traveling. My dad taught me that the Christian life is a changed life, and he lived what he believed.
I am the luckiest girl to have such a father! Happy Father’s Day Dad!