As a woman, I believe I experienced one of the greatest gifts of all -- growing up as a daddy's girl. Not only was I spoiled by my dad, he loved me dearly and made me feel safe. I grew up believing that he was somewhat of a super hero who could conquer the world if he had to, defend my honor, and fix anything that broke down in our house or car. He would often joke as he would repair things around our house that all I needed when I moved for basic tools was a screwdriver and a hammer.
My dad was an easy going, likable guy who loved life and people. Those qualities showed up big in his cooking, love for the 49ers, love for jazz, and love for his family. Although he enjoyed the simple things in life, he always challenged me to go after the bigger things, the complex goals, and to live out my passion. He would often share with me that I could do anything that I wanted to do or be if I put my mind to it. I know that I'm not the only person that was told this as a child. Yet, there was something super special about having my dad dad tell me those words. Along with my mother's encouragement, I used that inspiration to creatively express myself and try new things. Those words went with me as a tried out and participated in every sport possible, danced, crafted, and moved towards anything that looked like it would be a new adventure. Those words also pushed me to work hard and to go after the things in life...not because I wanted to push people out of the way...but because I simply wanted to be me and be the best me I could ever be. I desired even as a child to make my own unique impression in this world.
So, on my dad's special day...his birthday, I'm simply reminded that none of what I've learned from him and life has left me. Even with the scrapes, bumps and bruises that I've endured in life, I've somehow managed to get back up again by the grace of God and the love of my parents. Everything that I was taught by him is more alive today, than it was when he was here with me. I know that he can't give me those bear hugs or call me on the phone, but I hear him so clearly when I'm dreaming, being creative, or simply persisting in my goals. He is my guardian angel and looks on proudly as I move forward in my life's desires and dreams. My inspiration lives on.
Gina Dacus - speaker, author, prophetic artist who desires to pour out every God given gift for the duration of her life - there are no limitations in Christ!