Larry and I want to wish you a Happy Father's Day! As the years go by and both of our father's have now passed on to heaven, we so cherish the memories we shared with them and the legacy that they left us. We encourage you, if your father is still here on earth, spend time with him, make memories, let him know he is loved!
We thought you would enjoy this little story. Regardless of the relationship with your earthly father, how wonderful to know our heavenly Father!
WHO's YOUR DADDY?
A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they
were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they
were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving
from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his
wife, "I hope he doesn't come over here." But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.
"Oklahoma," they answered.
"Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"
"I teach at a seminary," he replied.
"Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you."
And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The
professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great… Just what I need, another preacher story!"
The man started, "See that mountain over there," pointing out the restaurant window. "Not far
from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time
growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy,
who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would
ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?' "
"He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going in to
stores because that question hurt him so bad. When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher
came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question,
'Who's your daddy?' But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast he got caught
and had to walk out with the crowd."
"Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about
him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?' The whole church
got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would
finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy.' This new preacher, though, sensed
the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the
following to that scared little boy 'Wait a minute!' he said. 'I know who you are. I see the family
resemblance now. You are a child of God.' With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said,
'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.' "
"With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed
person. He was never the same again."
"Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a child of God.'"
The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?"
The professor responded that it really was a great story!
As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was
one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked
her, "Do you know who that man was who just left our table?"
The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper.
He's the former governor of Tennessee!"
Friend, today, someone in your life needs a reminder of "WHO" they are. They are created and
made in the very image of God. The Father loves His children so much, He made a way for them
to be together again…through the sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of
this unselfish and loving act, you can share the GOOD NEWS that they are children of God!
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