I suppose it's fitting that this post is a tad late. You see, my dad has a tendency to be late. But he's not late in the same way that most dads are late. Most dads might be late getting home from work. Late for my dad, however, means preaching until the little hand is on the 12 and the big hand is on the three. Late for my dad means missing dinner because a widow fell and she needs a ride to the hospital. Late for my dad means having to celebrate Father's Day the following weekend because he's teaching at a student ministry camp in another state this week. (That's why this post is actually right on time...if not, early.)
You see, my dad is different than most dads.
Most dads work eight to five.
My dad works eight to whenever he gets home. If he's lucky, he's home by nine at night.
Most dads spend their Sundays with a cup of coffee, a TV remote, and the sports section of the morning paper.
My dad spends his Sundays on a stage with a guitar, a worship band, a Bible and a pulpit.
Most dads write weekly business reports, analyze financial proposals or occasionally approve operational documents.
My dad writes a weekly sermon, exegetes Greek and Hebrew and occasionally performs a marriage ceremony.
Most dads mow their lawn every few weeks.
My dad mows eight or ten lawns every week to earn extra income for our family. (Sometimes he doesn't even charge people.)
Most dads spend their vacation time hanging out with family and friends.
My dad spends his hanging out with tribes in Africa or teaching English and Bible in the mountains of Transylvania, Romania.
Most dads use their car trunk to store luggage on business trips or family road trips.
My dad uses his truck bed to store his lawn equipment and other tools for helping people.
Most dads see their job as a means to an end.
My dad knows his job is a divine calling and part of something bigger than him.
Most dads have a retirement plan.
My dad's retirement plan is simply called "Heaven."
My dad is different than most dads. But that's what makes him my dad.
So happy belated (right-on-time) Father's Day to the dad who is late for all the right reasons, who loves and supports me through every trying circumstance and who cares for our family no matter what it takes. Love you, dad.