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Love Does: Legacy

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“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.” 1 John 4:9 (NLT)

Today’s “Love Does” story begins with a soldier stationed at Sandia Base New Mexico in the early 1950’s.

This WW2 & Korean War veteran is set up on a blind date to meet a beautiful young lady. On the date the lady brings her sister, who was recently divorced and with five children. Instead of pursuing the woman with no children, and younger, the soldier falls in love with the divorcee. Desperate attempts by his commanding officer to ship him and quash the relationship fell short and the soldier decides to marry.

The couple went on to add three more children to the original five – almost enough to field a baseball team.

That soldier was my Dad.

When people ask me to describe my Dad, I tell them that he married my mom with five children; he must have been both crazy and a great guy.

Whenever “Love Does”, it always comes at a cost for the “doer”!

When I think of my father I remember two things about him most: he rarely spoke and always sacrificed.

It is difficult for me to single out any event that most impacted my life when it comes to my Dad, since his whole life was lived sacrificially. However, there is one incident that speaks to his “sneaky sacrificial nature”. When I was young I was a superfast runner …nobody was as fast as I was….

I challenged my “old man” to a race, (he was old = 40 something) we raced he beat me while running on a curb!! He had all this talent and never spoke of it …instead he worked multiple jobs and put others first.

The picture above is his grave marker at Arlington. I miss my Dad.

Daily Battle Order:

Be determined to make a difference in those close to you! Make yourself a note or two in the next couple days …write down a couple names, places or environments that you can make a “Love Bomb’ – ask God to lead you where it is most needed.

Also, come join TJC on the Battlefield, and bring your spouse, as this year’s registration includes spouses. More information at .



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