Being the best

Our Lord does not care so much for the importance of our works as for the love with which they are done.

Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582
Spanish Christian Mystic, Writer

The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine…Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.

Proverbs 4:18-23

He was sterling example of thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.  He was a baseball coach, a cub scout leader, a neighborhood friend, a Navy pilot, an aeronautical engineer.  His love for God was evident in all that he did.  He loved to illustrate his conversation with imaginary drawing on the tablecloth.  The funny thing was, he would clear the area with his hand, preparing the “writing” space.  He would then draw what it was he wanted us to see, practicing his “Palmer Method” exercises on the surface to make sure his handwriting was in line with what he learned.

My dad believed that if one was doing something, anything, one should do it with one’s best abilities.  This translated into house painting, car repair, airplane design (always keeping the safety of the pilot in mind,)  When my brother and I were job searching, my father told us that no matter what we did, we should be the best at it that we could possibly be. He cited the example of a post hole digger, and told us that if we had the post hole digger’s job, we should cut that hole to be the best we could, because every job had dignity.  It was a simple work ethic, which he taught by example.

He was not a perfect father, but he was the best father he could be.  His face shone like the sun.  We got the picture.

Because of Him,
Linda

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  1. Terrific prose–and what a great description of the process of writing. Be thrifty, brave, clean and reverent!

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