Many of you have heard me reference both my father and my maternal grandfather.
My maternal grandfather was an ordained Methodist pastor and ended up being District
Superintendent of the McKinney district. That's why I was born in McKinney.
I was the only one of the 4 siblings that was not born in Dallas.
My father was a licensed local lay preacher. We had the opportunity, when I was
a small child, to begin a church in Pleasant Grove, in Dallas.
Both of these men were obviously men of strong faith. But the commonality between
my maternal grandfather and my father, both of them, when I thought about how they
taught me my faith, or how they lived out their own faith, it was through love and
devotion. They were both strong men, but they were not overbearing men.
But there was never a question about their faith in God and their absolute dedication
througout each of their lives, and both of them died fairly early, the call to service
to others, and how they lived out their faith and were an example to everyone they
came in contact with.