Friday, June 18, 2010

Fathers and Hard Work

Very few people remember much about President Calvin Coolidge. Maybe that's because he was basically a good man who brought integrity back to the White House. When Coolidge was elected, his son was working on a tobacco farm in Massachusetts. That morning he reported to his boss and asked which building he was to work in that day. His boss said, "If my father had just been elected president, I wouldn't be worrying about where I would be working." Coolidge's son replied: "If your father was my father, you would!" (From America: The Last Best Hope vol. 2 by William Bennett)

Proverbs 15.16 says, "The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway."

I'm thankful to my dad for teaching me the value of hard work. I hope to instill that same value in my children. Most of all, I hope that I and my family will always look to God for strength to do those things that He has called us to do.

Nehemiah 6.9 "Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands."

1 comment:

Jim Cooke said...

Thank you!
I grew up without a father. Today, I perform solo history. Calvin Coolidge is one of my men. The others are: Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams & Edward Everett - the Other Speaker at Gettysburg.
It has become clear to me that I took on these characters because each man had a deep and profound connection with his Father. So, by proxy - I am blessed!