Dad

"If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing. You're at least decent to your own children. So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?"

Every day we experience real life object lessons of truth. It was several years ago that my dad suggested something to me, which at the time seemed trite, silly or innocuous at best. "Always keep a spare car key in your wallet", he directed. And thinking little of it, I complied. It never had any impact or influence on me...ever! until last week. I was running a bit early from some errands prior to picking up my daughter at school so I decided to stop in to Starbucks for a jolt. I had to stop in at the bank to make a deposit prior to enjoying some dark elixir of life and as I came out of the bank, I realized I had locked my keys in the car. I NEVER do that! I think in nearly 30 years of driving I've exiled my keys twice. There I stood realizing that instead of being early to pick up my daughter, I was likely going to be very late. I decided I would at least go get my coffee anyway, call for an Automobile Association truck and wait it out. But then it hit me. "Always keep a spare car key in your wallet" Frantically I grabbed my wallet, rifled through the pouches and pockets finally to discover THE SPARE KEY!! Coffee in hand I strode back to the car with a smile on my face, giving thanks for the myriad of lessons large and small that my dad, and mom, have taught me. You can't be too careful what you tell a child because you never know what he'll take hold of and spend the rest of his life remembering you by. My parents have the aroma of practical grace.

1 comment:

  1. That is an AWESOME story. Hilarious. Yes, the lessons we learn are often ignored too so good for you for doing it and not thinking any more of it. You at least had the good sense to listen!

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