There’s not a day that I don’t miss my Dad. It’s been four years since he went to be with the Lord, and things have changed a lot ever since. Losing a loved one, they say it gets better as days pass and you learn to cope and move on, and true enough, I’m not anymore a wreck like I once was. But there are days like the past few when I just long to sit with him, laugh with him, ask him stuff and pick his brain.
Last March 26 was Dad’s death anniversary, and in honor of the best dad/pastor in the world, I found myself on a trip down memory lane and flooding my Facebook page with his memories. And then I found this note, tuck in one of my old photo albums, written by my Dad with his swanky left-handed cursive.
It was from ten years ago (literally!), on my 18th birthday party, and it said:
“Anak, you’ve grown to be a very beautiful lady. Much more, a beautiful, fine and committed Christian lady. And you know how I love you so dearly. It’s my wish that you will always put God first in your life, love Him well and everything will be well.”
Needless to say, there was a lot of tears as I re-read Dad’s note, happy to have kept this remembrance of his handwriting, and his words of wisdom. Indeed, there’s no better person to hear those words from than this man who lived his life loving and honoring God.
Love Him well and everything will be well.
There it was, the answer to my questions. What would my Dad say about my getting married? Anak, love Him well and everything will be well. What about my dreams, Dad? Love Him well and everything will be well. What about my career? Love Him well and everything will be well.
It’s practically the answer to all the questions I could ever have! (My Dad is too smart! Haha.) And I’m more than honored to share my Dad’s words of wisdom coz I can’t help but think that someone out there may have the same questions as mine.
Friend, the answer is all in these 9 words:
Love the Lord well and everything will be well.
It was my Dad’s secret to a full and happy life, tested and proven. Let’s take it from him shall we? ;)