Thursday, August 25, 2011

To my parents

Day 4 – write a letter to someone who has impacted your life and tell them how important they are to you

Dear Mom and Dad,

The medium of the written word, is hardly expressive enough to accurately convey the love and respect that I have for you both.  I hope that my actions and spoken words to you over the years will substantiate the words that I write today.

Dad, thank you for always loving and supporting me through every endeavour.  Thank you for demonstrating to me that the measure of a man is not in what they do, but in who they impact for eternity.  It is because of you that I know my heavenly Father is completely faithful, unconditionally loving, and abundantly good.  It is because of you that I have never second guessed my decision to follow Christ. 

You taught me how to be warm and friendly with strangers.  You taught me to have concern for the needy, the sick and the elderly.  You taught me to appreciate life, and to not fear death.  You taught me to forgive, before resentment and bitterness could set in.  You taught me that material things are not worth clinging to.  You taught me to be content.

Thank you for taking me on bicycle rides as  a child.  Thank you for taking the time to answer every deep question I posed to you.  Thank you for involving me in the work of the church.  Thank you for guiding me.

Mom, your love and support is equally appreciated.  Your listening ear and warm heart gave me the confidence to grow into the man I have become.  It is because of you that I know that God is never too busy to hear my prayers, and that no concern it too trite.  You were and continue to be my biggest advocate.

You taught me the value of a dollar and the importance of being a good steward of my resources.  You taught me to be generous with those resources and to always give to the work of the Lord first.  You taught me to become independent through the many essential life skills you taught me.  Any success that I have in life can in large part be attributed to you.

Thank you for your godly discipline.  Thank you for your advice through the years.  Thank you for giving me the nudging I needed from time to time to get things done.  Thank you for teaching me that I can do anything if I try.

Mom and Dad, in short thank you for you prayers and love.  I am blessed beyond measure to have you in my life.

Love Andrew

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