John Piper is a popular author, pastor, and well respected follower of Jesus. On March 6, 2007 his Dad, Bill Piper, died. Here is just a short excerpt, from John’s memory of that day.

Thank you, Daddy. Thank you for sixty-one years of faithfulness to me. I am simply looking into his face now. Thank you. You were a good father. You never put me down. Discipline, yes. Spankings, yes. But you never scorned me. You never treated me with contempt. You never spoke of my future with hopelessness in your voice. You believed God’s hand was on me. You pproved of my ministry. You prayed for me. Everyday. That may be the biggest change in these new days: Daddy is no longer praying for me.

I look you in the face and promise you with all my heart: Never will I forsake your gospel. O how you believed in hell and heaven and Christ and cross and blood and righteousness and faith and salvation and the Holy Spirit and the life of holiness and love. I rededicate myself, Daddy, to serve your great and glorious Lord Jesus with all my heart and with all my strength. You have not lived in vain. Your life goes on in thousands. I am glad to be one.

I kissed him on his cold cheek and on his forehead. I love you, Daddy. Thank you.

Listen closely men… do you hear the heartbeat of Fatherhood? This is the legacy of a real Daddy and lover of their son. If my kids can speak these words over me when I die, I will have proven a worthy Dad. If my kids can tell me these things while I am still alive, I will be a happy Dad.

Today is a day of choice for every Dad. Do you work hard, but never take time to play? Do you speak words of affirmation to your kids? You may not have lots of money to leave your children or a big house to in which to shelter them from the rain, but being a Daddy is so much more…

Dads; what will you chose as your legacy?

Dr. Joe Miller (aka JR) is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. In addition, he is a church planter and coach for emerging leaders. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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