Completing An Example And Passing On

My father passed away this week after reaching the ripe old age of 92 years. His mind was good and we have had many enjoyable phone conversations over the years. At the end of every phone call, Dad would put a “hook” out there that indicated he wanted me to call him back again. Phone calls in the past decade had become less expensive and time didn’t have to be budgeted anymore. Since his passing, a flood of memories has been passing through my mind. Yesterday I remembered a few things that I wanted to ask my dad and it struck me in a real sense, I can’t just pick up the phone and call him anymore. Our conversations have ended and his life and example are now set.

Here’s what John Adams told the U.S. Senate after George Washington’s death on December 19, 1799: “His Example is now complete, and it will teach wisdom and virtue to magistrates, citizens, and men, not only in the present age, but in future generations, as long as our history shall be read.”

Life has many temptations and vices that seek to trap us all. We face a battle in our minds every day and can either surrender or fight. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life respects no person and wants to bring us all to self-inulgence and destruction. Yet, life is the most precious substance that we have and everyone is affected by our example. I’m thankful for my father who tried to live an example that brought honor to his Creator and a good example for his family to follow.

Dan Abbott with his father, Lawrence Abbott

Dan Abbott with his father, Lawrence Abbott

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