Friday, August 27, 2010

A Life Well-Lived

This week in my classes at Grand Canyon, we're talking about observations.  It's fun to read about the different lessons that my students have learned through observing--from learning how to make fried chicken from their grandmas to lessons on life.  The conversation this week reminded me of a lesson I learned from my Dad as a teenager, just ready to head off to college.

One day, I got a call from Bank One, telling me that I was hired.  That was great, except I had never submitted an application or done an interview.  I had no idea that I was even in consideration for the job--or even that they were hiring!  It turns out that my Dad had mentioned my name, and I was hired solely on the basis of his character. (Of course I proved myself, too, later on!)  Amazingly, since I was going off to college, I couldn't work at our local branch, so I was transferred to a branch in Flagstaff with high recommendations--even though I had never worked a day at the bank!

My Dad wasn't a wealthy man.  He didn't have any "standing" in the community.  In fact, he was the assistant manager at the local grocery store.  Everybody knew my dad because of his smile, I think.  He was always smiling or joking with one person or another.  It didn't matter what was going on in his life, my Dad always had something to be thankful for and a kind word for everyone. 

But it wasn't just his good attitude or his kind words that people noticed.  He was also a man of integrity.  Dad always did what he said he would do.  He lived a life worthy of God.  And while the benefits weren't monetary, to my young 18 year old self, getting a job just on the basis of my Dad's character made a huge impression on me.

I hope that one day my kids will be able to say the same about me--that their mom was a person who lived her life with integrity and kindness and always a smile to share.

Karen and Dad

Phil. 1:6:  Have confidence that He who began a good work in you will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus.


Kelly said...

That does say a lot! My dad was well known in the food industry in Phoenix and he'd take me to food shows and tell me if I saw something I wanted at a booth to just tell them who my dad was. I was always too shy to do so, but I used to hear a bratty kid in my head saying, "I want that and my daddy said I could have anything I wanted"!

Diane said...

Karen, This was such a sweet tribute to your father! Thanks for sharing. I was having a really bad day, we had to put my 16 year old lab to sleep today and my 16 year daughter has had a REALLY tough day and that hurt me the most. I came over here to catch u with you and this made me smile. Thanks for that.

worryfreemom said...


So glad that my post made you smile! I hope you all have a better day today! I'll be praying for you!


Chelsey said...

This is such a beautiful post about your dad... Kindness, integrity and thankfulness are worth so much more than money...

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