Honoring My Dad on Father’s Day

With today being Father’s Day I can’t help but take a moment and express how grateful I am to my Heavenly Father for giving me such a godly man as an earthly father. I haven’t written much about my Dad here on the blog, but I do want to take a few minutes to honor him here publicly because so much of who I am is a direct result of the investment that he has made in my life.

My Dad is a really simple guy, he gets up in the morning, goes to work, takes care of his family, serves as a shepherd at his church and that’s about it. He does love playing with new gadgets (that’s probably where I get it from :-)), right now he’s having a great time with his iPad 2! When I think of my Dad I can’t help but think of 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-11, “But we urge you, brothers, to do this [love one another] more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders…” My Dad lives a very quiet life and yet this quiet life has been one of the most profound influences on the entirety of my life, if for no other reason than the fact that my Dad has always been there:

  • My Dad was there when I was born, he was the first person to give me a bath.
  • My Dad was there when I got saved.
  • My Dad was the man who baptized me, when I was in High School.
  • My Dad was there for all my graduations.
  • My Dad was there when I needed to talk to someone about asking Amy to marry me.
  • My Dad was the man who married Amy and I.
  • My Dad was there when my first son was born.
  • My Dad was one of the first people I called when I was in a world of trouble in ministry.
  • My Dad was there when I was ordained by Emmanuel Baptist Church, he actually preached the ordination service for me (which you can watch below).
  • My Dad was there when I became the Senior Pastor of my beloved Church here in Cool, CA.

At every major event in my life, my Dad has been there. He is my biggest fan and one of my best friends.

It’s not too much to say that my life and ministry would simply not have been possible if it weren’t for my Dad being there, because by his presence in my life he’s set an example for me of what my Heavenly Father is like who not only cares about all of the great things in the cosmos, but who cares about every detail of His children’s lives.

My prayer this Father’s Day is that I could be the same kind of Dad to my kids, that my Dad has been to me. I love you Dad.

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June 19 2011 04:00 am | Devotional

One Response to “Honoring My Dad on Father’s Day”

  1. Kathy QB on 19 Jun 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Bless you Drew for blessing your father today. God did give you a special dad. He in turn has blessed our church. Thankyou Mr. Buell