Happy Father’s Day! As I sit here in Chattanooga, now a father and a grandfather, I can’t help b;it reflect an relive in my mind some of the wonderful and amazing memories I have of my own father and the joy of being a father. From learning to hunt quail, to Sundays in church as a family, the presence of my father and his love for the Lord had great impact on my life.
Despite all the demands on his time as a plant manager, family always came first and was his top priority. When I was growing up he had time to come for my ballgames and was never too busy for my special events. He raised four boys with a relationship of salvation in Jesus Christ, love and charity for others and teaching the Biblical principles I passed on to my children and grandchildren. My father has been in heaven a number of years now, but I still hear his voice of advice, encouragement and optimism. I still remember leaving home and him saying, “Remember you are a Bouler, a name of honor, and act like it!
My father served in World War II in the 7th Army in Europe. He was a hero, receiving the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was always a wonderful role model, which probably helped me decide to join the Marines and serve in Second Force Recon. As I grew older, my admiration and appreciation only increased for his life-long example. I am reminded of Ephesians 6:4, “And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” I know today that I am a better man, father and grandfather because of his influence in my life.
So on this Father’s Day, feel proud of your father and the father that you are being in the life of your children. One of the best things my father did for all four of us boys — was to love our mother completely. What security that established in our lives and taught us how to love our wives. Happy Father’s Day!