“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1
I woke up at 3:30 this morning with this verse running through my mind. Last night, our family saw the verse played out before us as a couple of hundred people came by to share with us a little of what Daddy had meant to them.
There were people from all aspects of his life — his work friends, a buddy since high school, family, church family, people who told us he made them feel like family.
One of the many lessons we learned from Daddy was the importance of training others. In today’s vernacular it would be labeled something like mentorship. Mother reminded us about how Daddy said on his job it was so important to always be training or have someone trained who could take your place. His thinking is beautiful: if you are the only one who could do something (if we want to be irreplaceable) then why would you ever be promoted? They need you too much where you are.
So, Daddy believed in and practiced the art of training others. He did this at work and he did this at church. He taught Sunday School for somewhere around 70 years and mentored so many men who went on to be Sunday School teachers themselves. He was bearing fruit.
Last night, we got a small taste of that fruit, and it added to our joy in having had him in our lives.