Did you miss us last week? I had so much going on I missed putting out last week’s questions for you to include in your legacy journal. Hopefully, you used that as time to catch up on previous weeks that you may have missed. How’s the journey going? Have you enjoyed digging through the recesses of your memory on things you may not have thought about for years? This week’s questions may conger up more of those kinds of memories—at least they did for me.
Wondering what this is about? Briefly, we started sharing some questions that are part of a book, A Father’s Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words by J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson publishing. The book is simply a compilation of pages that are headed by questions about a dad’s life. By recording the answers to these questions a father is leaving a more fully completed album of who he is to his children. Most of us just don’t take the time to do these kinds of things. Then, when we unexpectedly have to leave this world, we only leave memories. But, if we take the time while we are here to share some intentional thoughts, historical accounts and things that we did, we leave a deeper legacy not only to our children but to their children and beyond. Additionally, we get a chance to record the things we find are important and worth carrying forward. Sometimes the questions are silly, funny or random. But, many require a deeper level of response where we get that chance to leave some of the “fatherly advice” to our family.
So, if this is your first visit, WELCOME. It’s not all the DadPad shares on this blog but it’s our big project for the year to get men to write down their legacy. Don’t worry if you missed previous posts. You can go back to them at any time. And, these questions are not in any critical order. I’m simply breaking them into bite size chunks to help us keep up on moving it forward so we can complete it in a year. Start today, then go back and finish it when you want to by just accessing the other posts. Search on the category Leaving a Legacy to gather all the posts on one page. To record your responses you can either purchase the book/journal A Father’s Legacy by clicking here or just take sheets of paper and put them in a binder. You can always reprint them and put them into a nicer journal at some point. The key is starting somewhere. Ready for this week’s questions? Here they are:
- Did you ever go to a dance? Tell me about it.
- How often did your family go to church? What pastor or Sunday School teacher do you remember the most? How did that person influence you? What do you remember most about them?
- Did your family attend family reunions? What activities did everyone enjoy? What was lame? Tell me about your favorite cousins, aunts or uncles and what they did to make them your favorite(s).
That’s it for this week. I’m so glad you are on this journey with me. By the way, have you heard the DadPOD yet? That’s my new podcast that is now a whopping 9 episodes old. Each week I share some thoughts about fatherhood and manhood. I have guests (recently had pastor/author Eric Mason on to discuss his new book, Manhood Restored) and sometimes just raise an issue that I’ve dealt with as a father of 3 kids. If you haven’t heard it, you can find it on iTunes or find it right here on the DadPad. Take a listen and let me know what you think.
Until the next DadPad…have a blessed day.