Friday, February 5, 2016

What I Learned From My Dad

A lot has happened in my life over the past four years. Tomorrow is a day that I will always remember-- February 6, 2012, my dad passed away unexpectedly. I woke up that morning to the sound of my mom yelling at me that my dad wasn't breathing. She called 911 as we did CPR on him. The ambulance came & took my dad to the hospital. Somehow, my mom & I managed to drive ourselves to the hospital in what I remember as a big blur. We got there & a few minutes later, they pronounced him dead.

But I'm not writing this for you to feel sorry for me. I'm writing this so you can understand what a great God I serve & how blessed I am to call Elvin Long my father.


My dad taught me how to love-- love the Lord & love other people. He taught me how to share that love with others. He taught me that love is selfless-- and he showed that to my mom & I every day.

My dad taught me how to serve. My dad's spiritual gift was hands down, service. He was always doing something for someone else. Anytime someone would need their yard mowed or something moved, dad was always there. He was probably the most selfless person I've ever known. He taught me that I can always help someone.

My dad taught me how to pray. When I was little, dad would tuck me in & pray with me every night before I went to sleep. He taught me that prayer is important & essential in my life. I would often hear dad praying in the mornings before reading his Bible & hear him praying at night before he went to sleep. Before dad died, I would hear him late at night talking to God. I'm convinced dad knew he was about to go to heaven & I think God was preparing him for it.

My dad taught me how to communicate. I remember having long, meaningful talks with my dad even when I was very little. He would take me home from school & we'd talk about everything. We continued it as I got older. Some of my best memories with my dad consist of talks we would have when I got home every night. When something big or exciting happened, he was usually the first one I called. And I remember a time when I was hurt by some friends, all I thought was, "I really just want to talk to my dad." He taught me how to talk to others.

My dad taught me how to follow my dreams. Dad always told me how proud he was of me. He told me countless times to chase after what I wanted to do in life. He encouraged me to go to college and get my degree, unlike him. He told me, "If God calls you somewhere else around the world, it will be hard for me, but I'll always support you & stand behind you no matter what."

My dad taught me how to surrender. He taught me the most important thing of all-- I was a sinner in need of a Savior, & Jesus Christ was the only one who could do that for me. Dad taught me about grace & forgiveness. He showed me the love of my heavenly Father by loving me as my earthly father. Any questions I had about my walk with God, he was always there to help me find the answer. Dad encouraged me to surrender my life to the Lord and follow Him wherever I go.

How many dads teach their children what my dad taught me?.. I'm not sure. But I'm forever grateful for the impact my father made in my life. And I'm so blessed to have a Heavenly Father who constantly covers me with His unfailing grace.


  1. Very touching tribute to your Dad! Thank you for sharing such a sweet remembrance.


  2. I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and started reading heap mainly because we have the same last name. It a little scary how similar some of our life events have been. My dad also passed away unexpectedly shortly after your dad did. I really enjoyed reading this post. It made me reflect on some of the lessons I learned from my dad. Thanks for sharing this

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    1. I'm glad to know it encouraged you! Thank you so much for your kind words!

  3. Oh wow, it sounds like your dad was such an incredible man. What a blessing to have him as your father. Beautifully written tribute.


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