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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (June 20, 2004)         

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." - Mark Twain

         Initially, this message was going to be pretty generic ... mostly about the history of Father's Day ... but then I decided to make it more personal ... about my Dad ... and share the lessons I have learned from him.

         Reflecting back it is interesting to note that I always called my father, "Daddy" ... even in my adult years.  I would refer to him as "my Dad" to others ... but in our personal interactions it was always "Daddy."  And even though our arguments were many ... the term "Daddy" was proof that there was great affection between us ... as father and son.

         My father was a farmer ... and a very successful one.  He supported twelve children and a wife, farming in Missouri.  Once he became a farmer, he never did any other work.  Farming was his life's work.  He read more than one newspaper almost every day and he read every "farm related" magazine that was available at the time.  He understood crop rotation, soil erosion and fertilizer better than anyone else I knew.  Farming was not just something he did ... he chose to do it more than anything else.  He could buy livestock at market and sit down and calculate how much it would cost to raise them ... and then calculate how much he would make when he sold them at market in six months time.  He ran the farm like a business ... he never carried a credit card ... never bounced a check and never worried about money ... his mind focused on ideas ... how to grow better crops ... raise healthier livestock ... and how to expand the farm as his family grew up.

       Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:  "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till."

      My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.  No matter how much or how little money was available at any time, my father always kept us from feeling poor ... in spirit.  He had a lively sense of humor ... and in his earlier years would play the fiddle and dance around to almost silly songs.  He was a man of great honesty and integrity ... and more often than not he would give to and help others even when it wasn't advantageous for him to do so.  He saw to it that we went to Sunday school and to church whenever possible although he didn't much care for church himself.  His relationship with God was an honest one, based on his understanding of God.  He didn't particularly care much for "preachers" who would rail against alcohol, gambling and other vices ... and that was pretty much the mainstay sermon in the churches in Mid-Missouri when I was growing up.  Since he liked to drink occasionally and gamble whenever a good card game was on ... the preachers probably made him more than a little uncomfortable.  Reflecting back, I can honestly say that his understanding of the Bible was probably more advanced than theirs anyway ... he had few, if any, negative judgments about most people ... and, he was quite content to "live and let live."

     The great lessons my father taught were: "stand for what you believe in" ... "do unto others as you would have others do unto you" ... "have a healthy respect for God" ... and most importantly, "foster a sense of independence" ... for without self-reliance, we are doomed to a life of self-imprisonment.   In other words, he taught us to cultivate and foster a "wonderful spirit within" ... and pay little if any attention to the opinions of the world!

And So It Is!

Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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