|My father-in-law Edgar A. Bryan and I discussing something in Canada.|
I do not claim to have all the answers when it comes to fathering. But number one, the Word of God is a never failing source of wisdom for us fathers. Number two, I have two delightful examples for me to happily follow. I am so blessed to have a wonderful father-in-law. I couldn't have married a wife with a better dad. He is disciplined. He is conscientious. He studies the Word of God and is a thinker. He is prayerful and sober. He inspires me to be a better Christian. And he treats me like his own son.
I know my blood dad even better (I have known him for 37 years) and I am not in the least bit disappointed by his life. I have seen him go through the fire many times and he is always coming through as pure gold. He loves God's Word, he loves to obey God, and he loves us too. He is as steady as a rock and is harder than a rock when it comes to work -- he has always done the work of three men. Please pray for my dad; he has been feeling sick and weak. Thinking about my Daddy makes me want to draw closer to Jesus and seek His face more. I wrote more here about what my dad did right.
|My father Bud (Phillip Dean) Dickinson, Noah, and I having a special time together in Arizona.|
Over and over I am challenged and convicted to be a better man by watching the lives of my two holy dads. They are ever learners, they use wisdom, are great husbands and grandfathers, have class, are Godly, and are delightful to be around. Thank you, God, you could not have given me better dads, nor dads with whom I would have been happier. I am blessed, satisfied, and thankful. I treasure the friendship of my fathers and honor both of you from my heart.
Perhaps one of the greatest sacrifices for me in being a missionary (if I could say that such an honor from God is a sacrifice) is that knowing that God is still giving my dear fathers (and mothers) life and I and my family are not able to be around to enjoy and learn from these great lives. God comforts me with the hope that they might live until after we have to come home the USA again someday and with the even greater Hope of Heaven. Praise God for this precious hope and promise to us who believe God's promises. Heaven -- where we will never again have to part and will always joy in being together.
|Noah and I playing in a park in Colombia|
|Elijah and I sharing a snow cone in a park in Colombia|