While not many of you know my Dad, you have undoubtedly witnessed a piece of his influence in any shreds of God’s grace in my life. I am excited to have the opportunity to honor my Dad for the years of sacrifice and godly wisdom that he has poured into my life, and as I think even now of what to specifically honor him for, countless memories and thoughts of how he has laid down his life for Christ and his family come to mind. However, I want to specifically honor my Dad for his humble selflessness and his godly pursuit of scripture.
My Dad is one of the most selfless people I know and I am often overwhelmed by the sacrifices that he makes for his family, and ultimately for Christ. My Dad serves his family constantly, devoting the entirety of his energy, strength, and time to providing and caring for his wife and children. One of the most notable ways that I observe this is in the long hours that he works at his less-than-dream job- hours that he doesn’t desire, but graciously accepts to provide and care for each of us. I have never heard my Dad express our provision as a burden, or complain that God has granted him undesirable or insufficient means of accommodating our needs. Rather, he thankfully applies the opportunities and strength that God has granted him to look after the needs of each of us, never seeking to satisfy his own desires.
In addition to his humble selflessness, and an undeniably propelling basis, is my Dad’s devotion to studying and searching scripture. If ever my Dad has a free moment, which is rare, he can more than likely be found with his notebook and Bible, engrossed in God’s word and diligently seeking to understand and apply the text. His passion for scripture marks his life and is an example of godly pursuit to everyone around him.
Dad, I know that I don’t often thank you or honor you for all of the ways that you have touched my life and pointed me toward Christ, but know that your sacrifices have not been wasted. We have all benefited from your humble guidance and, most importantly, your sacrifices have honored God and vividly proclaimed his glory. I am so thankful that he has blessed me with you as my Dad, and I will never be able to adequately express my gratefulness for the way that you have cared for my soul and directed me to seek him.
I love you Dad!
written by Holly DeVries