7 Things I Learned From My Father - Outline

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Jim Valvano once said:

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

Mark Twain, the American humorist said:

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

Proverbs 20:7 AMPC

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; blessed (happy, fortunate, enviable) are his children after him.”

First, everybody was worthy of respect.

1Thessalonians 2:11-12 AMPC

“For you know how, as a father [dealing with] his children, we used to exhort each of you personally, stimulating and encouraging and charging you to live lives worthy of God, Who calls you into His own kingdom and the glorious blessedness [into which true believers will enter after Christ’s return].”

Proverbs 22:4 CEV

“Respect and serve the LORD!  Your reward will be wealth, a long life, and honor.”

Second, be a person of character instead of acting like one.

3 John 1:4 ESV

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach said:

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  

Psalm 89:16-18 TLB

“They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation and in your perfect righteousness. You are their strength. What glory! Our power is based on your favor!”

1 John 2:5 ESV

“But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him.”

Third, he taught me a work ethic.

Proverbs 12:14 NLT

“Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.”       

Colossians 3:23 AMPC

“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.”

Fourth, he taught me to be a servant.

Matthew 23:11 TLV

“The more lowly your service to others, the greater you are. To be the greatest, be a servant.”

Galatians 5:13 NLT

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”

Fifth, my Dad gave me an amazing sense of humor.

Proverbs 17:22 AMPC

“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Sixth, my Dad taught me how to treat those you love.

Romans 15:1-2 AMPC

“We who are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves.        2 Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].”

Seventh, my Dad taught and continues to teach me. . .how to be wise.

Proverbs 4:1-4 NKJV

“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.”

Proverbs 11:30 AMPC

“The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men—he gathers and receives them for eternity].”

Psalm 27:10 NKJV

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.”

Steve Farrar, the author of Standing Tall said:

"A godly father is the unseen spiritual submarine who lurks below the surface of every activity of his child’s life. A man who has put on the full armor of God and with that armor, goes to warfare on his knees for his children, is a force to be reckoned with…we cannot be with our children 24 hours a day…through our prayers we have the ability to affect situations even when we are not physically present. You may be undetected but that does not mean you are ineffective."

Exodus 20:12 AMPC

“Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.”