Pop Always Said…

It’s been six and half years since my step-father, Lawrence, passed away.  He’s the only Dad I ever knew.

Funny the things that stick in your memory.  Some of his sayings run through my mind:

  • “Well, kiss my foot.”
  • “I’m kicking, but not very high.”
  • “They will start biting in a minute.”
  • “It’s not dark yet.  We can work a little longer.”
  • “Always open the door for a lady.”
  • “We need some rain – we must not be paying the preacher enough.”
  • “Keep looking.  It’s around here somewhere.”
  • “Eat some more, or it will go to waste.”
  • “Go get some gas at the barn for yourself; and fill up your sister’s car while you’re there.”

In every one of those sayings, he was expressing a conviction:

  • “Well, kiss my foot” – I may have just fallen out of tangerine tree, but that’s no reason to start cussing.
  • “I’m kicking, but not very high” – I’m old and I’ve got pain, but I’m still here.
  • “They will start biting in a minute” – If you do what you love (like fishing), there’s never enough time.
  • “It’s not dark yet.  We can work a little longer” – Don’t quit working till the job is done, even if you have to push a little harder.
  • “Always open the door for a lady” – Habits of courtesy and kindness pay off.
  • “We need some rain – we must not be paying the preacher enough” – You need someone to pray for God to intervene.
  • “Keep looking. It’s around here somewhere” – don’t give up.  Persist.  You will find it only if you are looking.
  • “Eat some more, or it will go to waste” – Waste equals being a bad steward.
  • “Go get some gas at the barn for yourself; and fill up your sister’s car while you’re there” – If you are doing for yourself, take time to something for somebody else.

Your Father in Heaven has some sayings that express His convictions too:

  • “I am the God of grace and compassion.”
  • “Love your enemies, do good to those who push against you.”
  • “I am the vine, you are the branches.  Only if you stay attached to me to bear the fruit I designed you to bear.”
  • “By grace you are saved, not by anything you do, so you can’t brag about it.  I paid the price for you to be forgiven.”
  • “I loved the whole world so much I gave my one and only Son so everyone who believes in him can have a forever life worth living.”
  • “Peace I give to, my peace I leave with you.  Not peace like the world gives (temporary).  Be encouraged – I have overcome the world.”

Your Father’s words to you are worth remembering, too.

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