Like My Father
As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” (1 Peter 1:15, 16 The Message).
My father's dusty, heeled-over, cowboy boots rest on the floor of my study, daily reminders of the kind of man that he was.
My father's in heaven now and I have another Father to emulate. I want be just like Him, filled with His goodness, redolent with his love. I’m not there yet; his boots are much too large for me to fill.
Among other things, he raised and trained cutting horses—powerful, equine athletes that move like quicksilver. I loved to watch him at work, marveling that he could stay astride.
As a boy, growing up, I wanted to be just like him. I'm in my eighties now, and his boots are still too large for me to fill.