Last week I wrote the following comment on Facebook and received 320 direct responses, not to mention 100s of other responses to related posts.
It is with sadness and gratitude that I share my dad, David Julian, passed away unexpectedly this morning.
We are sad because he is no longer with us. We will dearly miss him!
But we are grateful for so many things. We are grateful he was such a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We are grateful he followed Christ throughout his life. We are grateful he was the same man in private that he was in public. We are grateful for all the fun memories. We are grateful for all the times he made us laugh. We are grateful for his example of consistency, kindness, gentleness, and joy. I could go on and on, but most of all we are grateful he is in heaven today because of the grace of Jesus. We are also grateful he gets to see mom again.
So while we mourn our loss, we rejoice in his life. He lived well and finished strong. I’m proud of him and very thankful he was my dad!
A few days later at dad’s Memorial Service, I shared a few thoughts about inheritance that I hope encourage and inspire you to live life to the fullest.
Listen to Kent’s comments at his dad’s Memorial Service
Highlights of The Great Inheritance My Dad Left Me
Love…my mom and dad loved all four of their kids the same amount, but they loved each of us differently because they loved each of us as unique individuals.
Faith… I learned who God is and what he has done for us because of the model of my mom and dad.
Music…my dad’s career revolved around his passion for the piano and music. While I did not inherit a plethora of musical ability from my dad, I did inherited a great appreciation and ear for music. Our house is filled with music today because of the influence of my dad.
Hair…I inherited my hair, or lack there of, from my dad. But I love my bald head and as I like to say, “God only uncovers that which is perfect.”
Passion for Work…My dad did work he loved. In fact, even when he retired, he continued to do work he loved. My commitment to pursuing work I love was modeled to me at a very young age by my dad.
Consistency…By nature, I can be easily distracted. That’s why I’m so glad my dad modeled consistency and dependability. If he hadn’t, I don’t think I would have developed either of these qualities that are so essential for success.
What Inheritance Will You Leave Your Children?
I am grateful for the amazing inheritance my dad left me. Ever since his memorial service, I have thought a lot about the inheritance I will leave my kids someday.
Question: When your time on earth is over, what do you want to leave as an inheritance for your children? (What a great clarifying question to ask ourselves!)