Monday, June 11, 2012

My Dad Said...

      When I saw the show "Big Greek Wedding" it reminded me of my family.  I am the oldest of four.  The last three being boys. When we get together it is loud, funny and sometimes confrontational. We have very strong family bond.  As we were growing up, my Dad  expected us to work on the family farm. All of my friends were working at the Pizza Hut or Anthonys (I know I am old) and I was out driving a wheat truck. As I chased cows, worked on trucks, plowed fields, and anything else they told me to do, I kept wondering how is this going to help me in the future.(especially when I would walk in for a Friday night date wearing the motor grease from the tractor that day) I had no plans of growing up to be the most famous woman farmer in the world.
     Now that I am more mature (older), I can look back and see how some of my farm training has helped me. While driving to meet Tim at a church out of town one Sunday, I was able to change my own alternator belt. Every parsonage we have lived in needed major repair and I am great with a hammer. Have you ever tried to get 200 bible school kids going in the same direction? I discovered it is just like herding cattle. My Dad taught me, while plowing a field, sometimes you have to plow around the stumps. Welllllll, if you have ever been in church work, let me say sometimes you just have to plow around the stumps.(just saying) As a Mom, Wife, Church member and Coworker,  you learn to do what needs to be done, because if you don't do it; it will not get done.
     I am grateful for my growing up years on the farm. I know I have been trained well. My Dad always said, "If you are going to do something; do it right the first time." I have carried these lessons into my adult life and hopefully I have handed them down to my children. Thanks Dad for always expecting the best from me. Love you Dad ( I am glad you retired from the farm. lol)

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3:17


      

2 comments:

  1. I don't want to go back to the farm, but treasure the memories and lessons learned there. I've no idea how to change an alternator belt though! And that's ok!

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  2. You don't know what you are missing

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