Sunday, June 15, 2014

WORTH EMULATING 13: COURAGE

I have theee greatest dad. There seriously isn't anything this man can't do. Well.... maybe stay awake past 10 PM, but we have even seen him do that. Truly this man is incredible. He is one of, if not the most, self-less people I have ever met. He is constantly doing for others and has raised my family with a desire to do so as well. If I were to describe my dad in one word it would either be self-less or courageous. I've decided to focus on his courage.   
Anyone who knows my dad is fully aware of the fact that he is really just a "big kid", and a dare devil one at that. He has been found diving out of trees like Tarzan, walking the railings of a dam, and doing back-handsprings across the freeway. No lie. 
While all that is quite impressive, I admire my dad for his courage in doing what is right most of all. He is probably the kindest man you will ever meet. He has the courage to talk to and befriend anyone.  He most definitely has the courage to be himself. He is confident and content simply being his own silly self, taco socks and all. He has the courage to be happy and have fun, no matter his circumstances. Above all, he had the courage to be active in the gospel and serve a full time mission. He chose to serve without the pushing of his parents unlike many young men. My dad had the courage to make righteous choices on his own that led him to be the incredible man, and father that he is today. 
Words cannot express how grateful I am for his courageous example. He has taught me that it really is okay to simply be yourself. It is okay to skip through the grocery store parking lot, holding your dad's hand at age 24 - in fact, its pretty great. My dad has given me the courage to stand up for what is right, even when it is hard. He has taught me the importance of not only having high standards, but keeping them as well. My dad has helped me learn that I can do hard things. Even if I am not as brave and courageous as him, I have learned from his example. My dad truly is one of the most Christlike people I know. He truly is "Worth Emulating". 
This week as you go through your day-to-day life, strive to be more courageous. Be brave and willing to stand up for what is right. Be courageous and talk to someone who might need a friend. Pray to your Father in Heaven for the strength and courage you might need in dealing with your own personal trials and he will provide. 
 "Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval." 
-President Thomas S. Monson

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