For a child to reach his or her God-given potential, the father’s blessing is one of the ordained means of nurture and edification in the child’s life. Listening to David Michael helped me to see the tremendous responsibility that I have to bless my children. I have come to accept that I will not naturally do this but I must intentionally set out to actively bless my children in both word and deed on a daily basis.
At age 11, Jake quickly had to become a man and produce for his family. Jake said, “I had a very important role in my family at age 11. If I didn’t get things done, my whole family suffered. This period of poverty taught me how to apply knowledge and produce.”
According to Scripture, every human comes from this same family (Acts 17:26). The Bible shows us that there is ultimately only one race: the human race. Therefore, God’s vision is for all colors to love one another truly, as equals.
Most people first encounter when reading his book, How to Read a Book. Although he does not appeal to many modern sensibilities, he does labor to be practical and clear. His work has been formidable for me in not only how I read and study, but who I seek to learn from and who I am willing to teach.
When asked about his two most influential teachers, Jeff shared about his sixth grade teacher and his college athletic training supervisor. The common thread between the two of them is that they were both demanding and did not tolerate excuses. Jeff’s favorite teacher was his sixth-grade teacher Mrs. White.