Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Who's Your Daddy?

My wife forwarded me this story and I just loved it. I usually delete forwarded e-mails because I don't take time to read them. She was standing close when I opened my e-mail so I asked her what it was. She replied in that tone reserved for serious communication, "Just read it." Well, here it is.

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, 'I hope he doesn't come over here.' But sure enough, the man did come over to their table. 'Where are you folks from?' he asked in a friendly voice. ' Oklahoma ,' they answered. 'Great to have you here in Tennessee ,' the stranger said. 'What do you do for a living?' 'I teach at a seminary,' he replied. 'Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you.' And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The professor groaned and thought to himself, 'Great - Just what I need, another preacher story!' The man started, 'See that mountain over there? (Pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?' He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so bad.

'When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?' But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son , who's your daddy?' The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?' 'This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy... 'Wait a minute! ; I know who you are! I see the family resemblance now, You are a child of God.' With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, 'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.' 'With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.'' The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, 'Isn't that a great story?' The professor responded that it really was a great story! As the man turned to leave, he said, 'You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!' And he walked away. The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over & asked her, 'Do you know who that! man was -- the one who just left that was sitting at our table?' The waitress grinned and said, 'Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's governor of Tennessee !' Some one in your life today needs a reminder that they're one of God's children! "The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of God stands forever."
Isaiah YOU'RE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN.... .HAVE A GREAT DAY! Keep this going. You have no idea which one of your e-mail buddies could use a little hope today. "A helping hand will lighten another's burden." John 3:16 ! ;

You don't have to be a Governor, Professor or Preacher to affect those around I had a friend call me yesterday to "vent." I just listened to them and gave a few words of encouragement. You would have thought that I was passing out millions by the way she thanked me. All I really did was listen. Stop! Take time after you finish reading this. Call a friend and tell them how much they mean to you. It will make both of your days.


Sandy said...

That is one of my favorite stories. My mother was from Tennessee. It's a beautiful state. My brother and his family still live there. (I was born in MI.)

Marja said...

What a marvellous story I love the sentence You've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.

300 said...

That is just what I needed to hear ...thank you for taking the time to post it!!

Kojak said...

Hey bro, That was a great read. I'LL try it now. I appreciate you. Thanks for being a brother officer. Be Sfe!

Chrysalis Angel said...

Thank you for sharing that story. It's a something when you to stop to think..."you are royalty." You come from the richest family there is. Trump's got nothing on our Father.

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