A Father's Influence
One evening I was babysitting the local bank manager's 6 year old son, Jimmy, and my eldest daughter, Elizabeth, aged 5 years. They were the best of friends and attended Sunday School together but this one evening they got into a little argument. I had just added a log to the fireplace and stoked it. As I returned to my lounging chair I heard my daughter say, "My Father was very brave to get that close to the fire." Jimmy snapped back, "My father is braver than your father!" For a few minutes they argued the point and then Jimmy said, "Well, I know someone braver than your father!" Elizabeth replied, "who?" Jimmy quickly answered, "Jesus Christ, that's who." There was a long silence and then my daughter said, "No, but He is second!" At that moment I realized the tremendous influence that a father has over his Children.
Rev. Norman H. Murphy