Lessons in Humility: My Father-in-Law
I think the most endearing trait of a man is humility--humility in the face of greatness. Quite possibly God himself has seen it fit to align me with men like my father and my father-in-law in order to teach me the value of this all important trait.
Within the last week, the legendary college basketball coaching icon, John Wooden, passed away. Anyone who knew the man, knew that he preached humility above all else. Here is a man that never once spoke of his ten titles; here is a man that gave credit to everyone else—a man who was inspired to help others above all else. Humility. The lesson of his humility is what has truly lived on and inspired so many.
My father-in-law is such a man. Here is a man who is concert level at more instruments than I can pronounce; a man who plays in a symphony orchestra often in a tuxedo and yet lives his life is simply removed from all the pomp and frills, a man that is gifted in basically every sport I know of, and a man who volunteers with the elderly—but the one element of his personality that remains above all else is his humility.
Here's a guy that has every right to brag on himself, to be pretentious, to act aloof--but he doesn't. He goes out of his way not to be that type of guy. He's generous of himself in the way he offers his time and skills. He makes every effort to make those around him comfortable. In short, he's a great guy.
His example to me on this upcoming Father’s Day as a man and father is his humility. So, happy Father’s Day ‘Big Guy’ and thanks for setting such a great example.
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