Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cornegy 2009: Enjoy Your Father's Day!

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I woke up this morning to a beautiful day. Today is Father's Day and I am reminded of my dad. Since 1977 he is no longer with us. My father had a tremendous impact not only on my life but the community he served, his congregation, his family - his children and wife.

My father was a well respected man sought after minister, speaker, influential church leader, trusted friend and mentor to countless Brooklyn and Queens residents who helped people not only his church members but people within the community.

My father was a phenomenal preacher. His timing was impeccable! He delivered and expressed great words of wisdom in his sermons that had a lasting impact. He practiced what he preached. He persevere through the inevitable challenges of his life journey.

My father never let Worry. Fear. Doubt. destroy or rob him of his life's moments.

As I reflect today, I recall he gave people struggling a sense of hope. He believed the fear dominated mindset destroys joy from people's lives, hurts our goals and weakens our determination. The fear dominated mindset rarely experiences the power of living and enjoying our lives.

My father was driven by a passion and desire to help people. My father was a man that made a difference in the community. Like my father, service has become a way of life for me. I have an inner drive to answer human needs and to improve living conditions in my own communities.

I help other people and I want to leave a legacy for my family and for our community. I hope I can be as responsible and have an impact and a legacy as my dad.

This morning I had an eppiffany. I realized although my father passed when I was only 14 years old he did a tremendous job as a father. He gave me the essential tools I needed to succeed in life and to be a loving husband to my wife, Michelle, and a loving father to our children, an effective advocate and community leader.

My father was from the deep south. My father was a quiet peaceful man. He didn't do alot of talking. In retrospect, I realized he let his actions speak for him. My father had a very powerful quiet secure persona and demeanor. When he walked into a room, his presence was immediately felt. He created a memorable first impression.

My father was powerful in his silence. He was an attenative listener. But when he did talk he had heart centered conversations. Better still, he developed and cultivated life long relationships.

My father's ability to teach what he knew was amazing. My father could anwers questions or explain things-- even complicated things in a way that you understood and remember.

I miss my dad. I cherish my memories of my father.

As I embark on this journey of manhood and learn new things about myself, my children and my wife I am strongly encouraged by the impact that my father had on me. I know my father gave me the tools that are necessary to be successful as a man.

I like to encourage all who have fathers and father figures and male mentors to take the time and let them know how important they are to you.

Enjoy Your Father's Day!


Cornegy 2009: Enjoy Your Father's Day!

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