“For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you… plans to give you a hope and a future.” This verse from Jeremiah was my dad’s favorite scripture. Looking back over some of his writings, I can see how much this verse impacted his life. He believed that God had given him a purpose here on earth and he lived his life to accomplish it.
Many people say that getting back to normality after a loss is supposed to be therapeutic – but I say it is about as therapeutic as drinking. Getting back into the rat race just makes it easier to forget, and that’s not what I want. I don’t want to get so lost in life that I forget about my dad or the values he embraced. I think that true therapy comes not from forgetting, but from remembering. And I want to be able to pick up the banner left behind by my dad and wave it for myself. I believe my life has purpose and forgetting about my dad forgets my purpose. What is your purpose in life? Who is it that God has called you to be? Remember the hope to which my dad clung to… the hope of Jesus Christ and his plan for you.