As a father myself, I realize more and more each day how much a child needs a father to make it in this world. My Dad isn’t one to give into pressure or let someone run all over him and destroy his confidence or courage. Coming from a family of 11 and dealing with some bumps in the road were things God has used to test him and shape him to be the man, and example, he is today. When I look back and see how he has tackled life and allowed God to shape his personality, thoughts, compassion, and heart, I see someone who overcame things that most people don’t and those courageous steps have enabled me to live and rejoice in those victories.
It’s truly an honor to see God, my heavenly father, work in my earthly father’s life. The man Dad is today is a crystal clear example of what happens when someone lets go of their pride and doesn’t let the world make them who it wants them to be. That has taught me HUGE lessons alone in life. After being in physical boxing matches earlier in life, my Dad is now throwing our enemy into the corner and going for a belt that lasts much longer than a few days.
A few of the things I admire most in my father are:
How he lives a life that speaks for itself and needs no admiration or applause.
His unselfishness with not expecting much in return for his efforts, except for a few new Browns hats every now and then.
Without being overly emotional, allowing others to know how much he loves them.
He is not a thrill-seeker and finds contentment in things that matter.
Not being ashamed of sharing his thoughts or concerns because others might not like them.
The way he brings joy to my mother’s life and how he enjoys spending time with her.
The list could go on of course. I praise God for showing His love to Dad and allowing me to learn from the steps He’s led him on. Thanks Dad, for being a champion in my life, and teaching me how to handle the obstacles life throws me. The fight’s not over, but you’ve trained me in the ways of the Lord!
Rock Taviano – father – Honda of America