How could such a little word hold so much meaning?

“One evening as we reviewed our calendar and a stack of time-consuming opportunities, the thought came, ‘Why not prioritize everything we do on the basis of who’s going to be crying at our funeral?’ We did it.  The results saved our family.” _Patrick Morley


This past Friday was a watershed event in my family; my son officially became a U.S. Army Chaplain.

Early that morning I took a few moments to write some personal remarks in a card that his mother and I were planning to give him following his graduation ceremony. When I got to the end I signed it “dad.”

I don’t know why, but that little three-letter word really stood out to me that morning.

Over the years I have been privileged to have several thousand people, at one time or the other, refer to me as “my pastor” and today, on behalf of the entire Church of God membership in South Carolina I am blessed to be “our Church Ministries Director”. 12974278_10208188149518173_7755734328209625620_n

Yet this past Friday morning it occurred to me that only two people in all the world know me as “dad.” Only two people in the world know me as “their son” and only one person in all the world know me as “my husband.”  And only five precious little people in all the world know me as “papa”.

I have been truly blessed over the years. I have so many friends, associates and friendly acquaintances.  But of them all, the relationships that mean the most to me today are the ones that only a few know of.

I suspect the same is true for you.

  • The ONE THING for today: In all the busyness of life and with all the people who are pulling on you, don’t forget the relationships that matter the most. Invest in them, make time for them, keep them preeminent in your plans and priorities.  Someday you will be ever so glad you did.


Mark 1:11 (NKJV)

Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”


3 thoughts on “How could such a little word hold so much meaning?

  1. Thank you so much, Pastor Kemp, for this lovely blog. Great photo!!! Brad and Claudia

    Sent from my iPad



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