Sunday, June 15, 2008

25 Reason's Why I am Thankful for My Dad

Here are few of the many reasons why I am thankful for my dad, today and every day. I was going to do this on his birthday, but I don’t want to wait until November. Since he has been my dad for 25 years, here are 25 reasons why I am thankful for him.

  1. He married my mom and still loves her dearly.

  2. He worked hard all of my life so my mom could stay home with the boys and me.

  3. He still works hard.

  4. He played with us growing up.

  5. He treated me like a girl so I learned to be not just one of “the Tarter boys.”

  6. He likes to laugh and make us laugh.

  7. He laughs at himself, and encourages us to do the same.

  8. He loves the Gospel.

  9. He loves preaching the Gospel and wants people to come to Christ.

  10. He takes sin seriously.

  11. He faithfully proclaimed the Gospel to me even when I didn’t want to hear it.

  12. He (and my mom) knew when to let me go in my rebellion and prayed for me to return.

  13. He does not count our sin against us, even though we deserve it.

  14. He is brave even in the midst of adversity.

  15. He cares about truth.

  16. He is willing to admit his faults and work to change them.

  17. He is always there when I call him in trouble.

  18. He still values his role as the leader and protector of my life, even though I am many miles away.

  19. He encourages my friendship with my mom.

  20. He prays for me.

  21. He made my budget for me.

  22. He lets me borrow money when my budget is a little short at the end of the month.

  23. He always is there when I call even when he doesn’t have time (and I say it will only take a minute but really takes thirty).

  24. He encourages me in my pursuits.

  25. He always has advice ready when I ask.

I do not thank my parents enough for how they have impacted my life. Often I take their involvement and friendship fore granted, so, thank you, Daddy, for being a father to me even when I was a less than ideal child. God’s continued work in your life has helped me to better understand the Fatherhood of God. Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I wish I could be there.


debt said...

Thanks, Court, for a wonderful tribute to your Dad. He needed that! See you in a few days!

Tarters said...

Thanks Courtney! I couldn't agree more. Although, I could add one more:
26. He doesn't think twice when we do take him for granted.

I called him at 10:00 PM on Father's Day, and he responded, "Zach, I wasn't even thinking about it." Then he went on to ask me about my day and honestly wanted to hear my response. It is such a blessing to have an earthly father who so often reflects our heavenly father! We love you Dad!


cdt said...

Thanks, Zach. I think your 26th reason is so true and I couldn't have said it better myself.