Most days I think about my daddy. I have intentionally surrounded myself with reminders of him in my study at church and in our study at home. There is no way I can avoid thinking about him as I look at items he made and used during the decades he lived on this earth. I am reminded of the hobbies he enjoyed, the work he did, and the God he loved.
I have several shells that I confiscated from his gun case when we cleaned it out shortly after he died. They sit on shelves in a shadow box he made that hangs on the wall behind my stand up desk. A float he made to use while fishing for catfish rests on a shelf below them. A small statue of a howling coyote and a glass bowl filled with a set of pool balls adorn the top of my bookshelves.
That same shadow box also contains a pair of Cee Tee pliers, a couple of screwdrivers, a fold out ruler and a carpenter’s pencil. Across the way I have hung two of the levels he used while laying brick. One of his trowels is displayed on a shelf. A couple of bunches of wheat from one of his fields join the coyote and pool balls in an elevated position. Not many farmer, bricklayer, carpenters have passed through this world. I like to tell people that I was about twenty years old before I figured out that everyone did not work as hard as we did.
The last Bible he carried to church sits under a carved quail that a friend of mine gave me. Nancy, Jason, Lynn, and I gave him the Bible in 1993 on Christmas. The King James Version, Scofield reference system, was not my choice, but it was his. During the 14 years he carried it to church, he taught countless men’s Sunday school classes and listened to even more sermons. Many of those who preached are listed in the margin. I am noted by a simple E.S. The tattered Bible needs re-covered.
I was handed a legacy from Daddy that prioritized enjoying life, working hard, and serving God. How blessed I am. The thirteen-plus years that have passed since Daddy died have not lessened the impact he had on my life. Even though I cannot call him on the phone, I can honor him with my life.
Exodus 20:12, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Remember!” Joshua 3:1-7
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday