By your wife? Though my parents divorced, my father never let my brother or me forget to respect the woman who gave us life. I remember him saying to me once, "She is the mother of my children, and she is a wonderful lady."


Or, by your relationship with Jesus?


If I could only place one line on my father's tombstone, it would be this: He Loved The Lord. I can think of no better epitaph. Can you?


Wrapping It All Up


Who knew so much could be learned from such a tiny bit of information about a man who lived so many years ago? Let's see what we've gleaned:

  • Coming from good stock begins with you.

  • Being a man of quiet wisdom is showing your children (and eventually their children, as your actions will be passed on...) the ways of God.

  • Choose God's way over your way for your life.

  • Focus on God's plan for your children's lives before your plans.

  • Know that your children are watching your work habits...and learning by your example.

  • If you are going to be remembered by anything, let it be your relationship to Jesus.

Eva Marie Everson is the author of Shadow of Dreams & Summon the Shadows and an award-winning national speaker. She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at or you can go to her website here.

Other Articles in this Series:
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