Memories of My Father

It is only in the passing of time after death that we understand the value of a life well lived.  That is certainly the case with my Dad.  He went to be with Jesus six months ago and every day I hear more of the impact of his life.  So, this Father’s Day is a special one to me.  Yes, I remember the day that our son was born when I became a father for the first time.  I remember flying back from the east coast and traveling through a snow storm to see our first grandchild for the first time.  Being a father is a special gift and having a father is something that each of us should cherish for a lifetime.

Just a couple of weeks ago in Missouri I met a pastor who became acquainted with my Dad through the Billy Graham team.  Some months later Dad sent, without being asked, the pastor a check for $1500 which the pastor used to pay for a semester of college for their daughter.  His daughter got health insurance through the school and a few months later got a rare disease which ran up $250,000 in medical bills which were paid for by the insurance.  The family was forever grateful.  The month before I had met another pastor in New Yorkthat had, while working with the Graham Team over twenty years ago, felt led to switch teaching assignments with my Dad.  That switch caused him to meet his future wife.  He was forever grateful for Dad’s flexibility and sensitivity to God’s leading. Other missionaries have written me to remember Dad’s encouragement, prayers, and gifts at just the right time.

Dad never knew much about hunting but would talk to you for hours about the big artillery guns that he used in two wars.  He was proud of his country and his service to it.  He never was really a fisherman or boater but left a wonderful heritage of great times at the lake for his children and grandchildren. He never took time for golf but encouraged his grandson to become a good one.  My father was the master encourager and a continual optimist.  He made his relationship with Jesus and his family a continual priority.  Dad really enjoyed the challenges of business, and it was important to Dad, but people and relationships were more important.  All of his business associates, customers, vendors, and employees wanted to do business with Jack.  He had a reputation for integrity and fairness.

Dad was generous to a fault.  While never spending much on himself he loved to give to others.  He would quietly give to family members, widows, pastors, missionaries, and those in need that he encountered.  He would rarely share this even with his own children, but would give silently behind the scenes to many.  Coming from the depression generation Dad squeezed every dime but was overly generous to others.  He taught all of his children the value of hard work, giving, saving, and spending wisely.  Dad loved to teach for Billy Graham and his Sunday School class. This caused him to spend many hours in God’s Word in preparation.

As Alzheimer’s took much of his mind away during his last years, Dad never lost his hunger for God’s Word. Every day he would read his bible.  The horrible disease makes many to become angry and hard to live with, but Dad became like a little boy.  He had a joy and a laugh even up until his last days.  He finished well and left a tremendous legacy for his children, grandchildren, and his many great-grandchildren.  A life well lived!  What a gift to all of us in the family on this first Father’s Day without our father.  This year on Father’s Day my Dad is with his Heavenly Father.  That is the greatest gift that any father could ever receive.  I am thankful for his life, his legacy, and his influence on my life.  I just pray that I will be able to impact those in the future generations as my Dad has influenced me.  Thank you, Dad, for modeling to me a relationship with our creator who is the best Father of all.

Honoring my Father,

Kent Humphreys

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

2 Responses to Memories of My Father

  1. Laurie Goree says:

    Joining you in thanking our Heavenly Father for the life of my earthly father. Great post about your dad!

  2. Wayne Smith says:

    What a Godly tribute to your father. Thank you for sharing. He did have a life well lived and he finished the race.

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