The Father Who Failed

This article was published in the following newspapers:

Norris City Banner – Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Ridgway News – Thursday, January 10, 2008
Gallatin County Democrat – Thursday, January 10, 2008


The Father who Failed

This is a story of two fathers. One succeeded. The other failed.

The first father worked long hours to provide for his children. He wanted to give them everything. They got into the best schools, wore the nicest clothes, and always got the best Christmas gifts. He seldom took his family to church, but at least he believed in God. He tried to do what he thought was right, and he taught his children to be honest and hard-working.

The second father had an average job and met his family’s basic needs. They had food, clothes, and shelter, but not much more. They did get a lot of time with their dad. Every time the church doors were open, he took his family with him. He led by example, and he taught his children that God comes first. Every day, he worshipped God, and he did his best to obey the Bible.

The first father’s children grew up to be wealthy. They don’t worship God, and they seldom go to church. But they are basically honest and hard-working, and everyone in town respects them.

The second father’s children grew up to be average. They have steady jobs with average pay. Spending time with family is very important to them. Worshipping God is the most important thing of all. They are active members in Church, and they do their best to obey the Bible at all times.

The second father was a success.

The first father was a failure.

Think about it.

~ Joseph M. Gleason

About Fr Joseph Gleason

I serve as a priest at Christ the King Orthodox Mission in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with eight children and one lovely wife. I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity. I also blog here at The Orthodox Life.
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