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What is the Most Satisfying Thing in Life?


A wise teacher once  asked his students to identify the most satisfying thing in life. Some replied, "good health.” Others said, "a happy marriage” or “riches.” After everyone responded, the teacher announced that no one gave correct answer. 

   

"The most satisfying thing in life," the teacher said, "is to see your child confidently walk down the road, on their own, after you have shown them the way to go."   

   

This tale reminds me of a tradition my dad and I had when I was a kid. Every Sunday morning, we would walk to the corner store to get the Sunday newspaper. We’d bring it home and together we would eat breakfast while he 

read the Sports section and I looked at the cartoons.

   

One Sunday when I was about six years old, my dad sent me to the store to buy the paper all by myself (without telling my mom!) I still remember making the three-minute walk there, grabbing the paper, putting the bills on the counter, getting change from the clerk, and then walking back home. All on my own. No problem. 

   

As you might expect, when my mom learned what my Dad had done, she freaked out. And yet, to this day, my dad considers that one of the proudest moments of his life. He’ll tell anyone that story and just smile.

   

“The most satisfying thing in life it is to see your child confidently walk down the road, on their own, after you have shown them the way to go.”

   

On this Father’s Day, I like to think of our Heavenly Father feeling proud of us. Not just because of our big accomplishments, but because of the little things as well.  God has shown us the way to go in life – how to love, how to forgive, how to be compassionate – and I’m sure it brings a smile to God’s face anytime we confidently live the way he has shown us to live.


By Reverend Matthew Hardin

Rev. Hardin is the Pastor of Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church (www.palipres.org) where services are held each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. (both in-person and online).

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