Wow....what a great thread!! Thanks Nena!
My greatest influence on my life was my father. He worked hard all his life, and he tried not to let things get him down...he loved God with every fiber of his being, and dedicated his whole life to him, and was filled with the holy spirit one day, when he was 23, and out in the barn milking a cow, and praying! He said he wasn't sure who was more surprised when he started praising God and speaking in tounges....him or the cow!!!! He gave so much to everyone....he helped support missionaries in other countries, he drove the neighbor kids to church, and he would have given the shirt off his back to help anyone...even a stranger. My family name is so well known in this small community because of my father. Everyone knew he was honest, hard working, and always there to help. It has been pretty much impossible to live up to that!!
He never drank or smoked...(like me) and his heart was as pure as an angels. (or pretty close anyway)
He loved everyone....even people who took advantage of him, or hurt him.
When my mom got sick,when I was 21....(I am 35 now) and lost her mind completely...she was 68 years old then, and dad was 69, he refused to put her in a nursing home, because he loved her so very much, and he tried his best to take care of her....for 10 years.... even though he was getting old and it was so hard on him! Finally he at age 79, had to give up and put her in a home. She died not long after that, and dad lived almost exactly 3 years after that, and died last august at the age of 82. We always thought he would live alot longer....he seemed so strong, and his parents both had lived well into their 90's....but my brother said he thought that taking care of mom for so long had taken years off his life.
Anyway....the love he showed for God and for his family and for others, is what influenced my life the most....their could not be a more wonderful man than he was...I know he has a special place in heaven.