My dad is a wonderful man of God. He raised my sister and I to love God, serve people and be responsible giving people. He is the kindest person I know. He is an encourager in EVERYTHING I do. Since my mom passed away almost nine ago, my dad and I talk on the phone every morning. He goes to the gym every morning so when he gets back he reads the newspaper in the recliner and waits for my call. I usually call him on my way to work. Some days we talk for 20 minutes or more and other days it’s just for a couple minutes. But, every single phone call ends with my father saying, “I love you, hang in there.”
I always love to hear my dad tell me he loves me…it never gets old but I have grown to love hearing him say, “Hang in there.” This is a loaded phrase. My Dad saying, “Hang in there,” means different things to me on different days. Sometimes it means keep doing what you are doing. You’re on the right path, it’ll pay off soon. Stay the course. Somedays it means, you can do it! You’re trying something new and different and I’m proud of you. You’ve got this! Other times it means, I’m rooting for you. I’m proud of you. Keep being consistent and diligent and you’ll get through this. Some days it means, “Do not let yourselves get tired of doing good. If we do not give up, we will get what is coming to us at the right time,” Galatians 6:9. He’s reminding me to remain faithful and that our God is faithful. He’s saying, this too shall pass. It will get better. Other times “hang in there,” means count your blessings. You have great kids and a wonderful husband. Don’t lose sight of the blessings you have. You don’t like your job much today? Be thankful you have one….Hang in there!
He’s cheering me on every time he says it. He’s rooting for me. He’s praying for me. He knows life gets hard and he’s telling me it gets better. Hang in there.
I love you, Hang in there!
“Do not let yourselves get tired of doing good. If we do not give up, we will get what is coming to us at the right time,” Galatians 6:9.