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Lessons I Learned From My Dad.
I was named after my father, Eilif Osten Aune Sr. My dad truly was a great person, and someone I always loved and looked up to. My dad was a very unassuming, hardworking, loving, and a caring husband and father. Sometimes I would hear other people talk about how awful their fathers’ had been; I felt blessed to have such a good and kind dad. If anything he should have spanked me and disciplined me harder than he did. He wasn’t perfect, but he came close in many ways.
TWO THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY DAD
1. You always open the door for women or anyone in need.
2. On the bus you always give up your seat for a woman or anyone in need.
These may not seem big, but they are! First, You always open the door for women or anyone in need. My dad was always willing and happy to put other people before himself. My dad always put other people first! My dad was always willing to help others, to sacrifice his plans, to help others. But to open the door for someone, you have to be watching – looking. You can’t be self-centered just thinking about your own selfish needs. My dad was always looking to see what other people needed, and then to respond in kind! My dad had respect for all people.
All churches should be as willing to open their doors to others!
Open Hearts * Open Minds * Open Doors
Second, On the bus you always give up your seat for a woman or anyone in need. My dad would always give up his seat for a woman, the elderly, and he also wouldn't sit there and leave a small child standing. My dad was always willing to surrender what he had, to sacrifice for others. My dad was not asleep on the bus; he had his eyes open watching for the needs of others.
Third, He taught this love and respect for others to his son not so much by his words but by his actions! I learned from his good example and I am truly grateful.
I never learned prejudice
because I was never taught prejudice!
My dad had love, respect, and compassion
for ALL People!
Doesn’t this sound very much so God-like? Now what is amazing is that my dad was not a Christian; he was an atheist. How can this possibly be?
Years ago when my dad was a child, his little sister was kidnapped, murdered, and her body has never been found. My dad always blamed God for allowing this tragedy to occur. My dad always held God accountable and responsible for her murder.
I love my dad but I know he is wrong! Never would it be God’s plan, God's will to have a small child murdered and killed!!!
It’s the age-old question of Job: How can God allow such suffering for the righteous when the wicked prosper? "When bad things happen to good people" by Harold Kushner addresses these questions that gives comfort to the soul.
Some people are drawn to God through a tragedy.
"When Bad Things Happen To Good People" by Harold Kushner
My dad, everyday in his life, was a very good yet imperfect person. I do not know if my dad was ever baptized. Well, here’s the question: Will my dad be Saved? I understand that Jesus Christ is the only way to Salvation. I continue to pray for my dad for his salvation to this day.
What I believe: God is a loving, kind, forgiving Father full of Mercy and Grace.
"For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.
I believe that God is looking for every way to save His people; not to condemn them! I pray that on the day of judgement for my father, God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, will give my dad an opportunity for repentance. I believe that with the help of the Holy Spirit, when my dad sees his little sister alive and whole again along with his other three sisters which he loved and adored very much – when he sees them smiling at him in heaven it is a forgone conclusion that he will with anguish and sincerity repent of his sins, and give himself to Jesus Christ.
I do not know exactly how theologically sound some of my thoughts are but this I know is true: God is full of Love, Mercy, and Grace. I believe in an awesome loving God.