7 Years Ago

7 years ago today (August 3) – a hero passed away; my dad.  (This is being posted a day late because our internet was down)

He was one of the finest men I’ve ever known and he taught me so much.  One of the best things I ever did was give him a book called “A Father’s Legacy”. 

A Father's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words

It’s a book filled with questions that allows your father to share his life story with you.    I would encourage you to get something like this!   If you can’t find the book itself then ask your dad/mom to share insights about their life; their family – how they met – their childhood memories – life lessons – etc etc.  There’s one for mothers too that I’ve given my mom – so get both!  I’m so thankful that before daddy died  he took the time to fill it out entirely.  It is one of those treasured items I would grab if my house were on fire.  

Here’s one of the great things he shared with me from his life in “My Father’s Legacy” …..   Recall for me five of the most important lessons you have learned in life.  

Here’s what my father wrote:  1.  Trust in the Lord – He will take care of you.  2.  Always be truthful and honest.  3.  Be a good listener.  4.  Be a good friend and you will have good friends.  5.  Don’t put things off – do them when they need to be done – do not wait until you feel like it.

Great wisdom from a great man who was one of my heroes.   I hope I can live up to the standards he lived by and apply these lessons in my own life.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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3 Responses to 7 Years Ago

  1. Randi says:

    I loved this! All father’s should try to leave such a legacy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lee Myers says:

    I would like to thank you BJ. Ingrid and I went to Kansas this past week to attend a wedding/visit family. My parents Informed me of thier most recient purchase, THIER GRAVE STONE!! So needless to say I was kinda freaked out!! But when I read your blog it brought things together for me. Thank you for being our Pastor of a church that I wont stop telling people about!!! I am going to purchase some of these for my parents (Mothers version for my Mom) and also for Ingrids parents. Thank you so much!!!
    Lee Myers

  3. Star Molegraaf says:

    loved this BJ, thanks for sharing.

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