3 Times I Never Thanked My Dad Enough

3 Times I Never Thanked My Dad Enough

Real talk... my Dad is a Superhero

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Growing up the persistent question of, "Who is your role model?" always seemed to linger around in my mind. Looking back, we all might have believed we had the right answer, but it is when we grow older and recognize our hopes and dreams that we realize the characteristics and aspirations we desire to obtain. For me, it was in college that I recognized my father as my biggest role model and there are an infinite amount of times I have recognized that I cannot ever thank him enough for all he has done.

1. Thank You For Reminding Me that I Can Do Anything I Set My Mind To...

It sounds cliche, but there is no truer statement. First semester sophomore year, I began the first Accounting class toward the Accounting major, AC 203. For anyone who is Accounting Major, you know this is no ~walk in the park~ class. During my first week of this class, I sat in my seat feeling hopeless that I would not succeed. I was nervous to tell my Father as I knew he was extremely proud of me for wanting to follow in his footsteps and go into Accounting as well. I began to consider switching majors when I found myself crying in the library doing the homework. It was at that moment I picked up the phone and called my Dad. It was then he gave me the Pep Talk that I consistently play in my mind when the going gets tough. He reminded me how hard it might be, but he was confident that if I put in the 110% Effort I have in previous classes, I would succeed. In addition, he reminded me of his past stories where he fell down but was able to pick himself up and find success. My Dad is not one to blow smoke and therefore will only say things if he truly believes in it. Although the next statement might sound simple it was what made me the strong Accounting Student I am today, he said, "Ask Yourself, 'How am I going to tackle this?' From there remind yourself you are fully capable of doing this if you work hard and set your mind to it."

Besides Accounting, my father has always been there for all of the big and small events that have taken place throughout my time. Growing up, I loved the game of Field Hockey. Immediately, my dad found a league for me to join and everyday he would drive me to the facility 45 minutes away and sit there for the duration of my practice. He has an incredible amount of patience and although it was something so simple as driving me to Field Hockey Practice, I recognize his determination in wanting me to be happy and find what I love.

2. Thank You For Teaching Me Every Little Detail About Finance, and I mean Everything...

I sure do not know many other people like me that have been introduced to Stocks, Roth IRA, and so much more ever since Kindergarten. I would be laying in my bed playing Nintendo Dogs on my DS for countless hours and my Father would come in and ask me to come downstairs where we would sit in front of the computer and he would inform me on different investments and stocks. At the time, I dreaded it. Every time I watched him type in "fidelity.com" into the search bar, I knew I was not going to see my Nintendo DS for quite some time. In addition, there was no family vacation unless I did not spend the entire plane ride or drive there performing Math problems. At the time I believed it was crazy, But, as a now 21 year old, I can not thank my Father enough for being so invested in my knowledge and teaching me from a young age about the business world. I think it is pretty cool to already have my retirement fund opened up, don't you?

3.Thank You For Believing In Me

Ever since a young age, writing has been my passion. I taught myself how to use Microsoft Word along with all of the templates and settings. Therefore, in First Grade, I began producing a Newsletter that I would send out to my family and teachers about a fake company I had started and would include all of my achievements. At the time, it was nothing. Little did I realize at the time my Dad was collecting each newsletter I was writing. As I grew older and went through stages where I did not know what I wanted to do, my father would remind me of these newsletters and my strong desire to be creative and keep an open mind. Looking at my newsletters I produced at such a young age reminds me to be proud of who I am and never stop being the person I am. There is no fun in trying to be just like everyone else and that is exactly what my Father taught me. Every voice is important, and there is no point in living a life being too quiet to speak up and always pursue your passion. Although an Accounting Student, my Father reminds me of my love for writing and teaches me the importance that even though Writing is not my major, it does not mean I cannot use my creativity and passion for writing in my professional career. Writing for the Odyssey has reminded me of this greatly and I know he is proud of me for balancing my passions as that is exactly what he did and desires for me to do.

Jus recently, I accepted an internship with a company I had always been extremely interested in and desired to work for. After interviewing, it was some time before I had heard that I had received an offer. Everyday, my Father went into St. Peters Church in Chicago and prayed for me and when the moment I had received the call extending the offer, my first phone call to tell the news to was my Father. I felt the pride in his voice of how proud he was of me and proceeded to tell me that he just so happen to be on a walk at that moment and was standing in front of the Company's Building looking up at their large sign when I had called.

No matter how many times I say THANK YOU to my Father, it will never be enough because I would not be the person I am today without him.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.

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Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2

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**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness

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You will never regret being kind

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May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down

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Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 

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Kindness begins with me

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Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers. 

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Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) ) 

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Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle. 

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Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life. 

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One kind word can change someone's entire day

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Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. 

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

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Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND. 

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Be the reason someone smiles today. 

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A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.

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You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example. 

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I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. 

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Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

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Choose kind over cool. 

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