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Who Is Your Father Figure?

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Who Is Your Father Figure?

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June 14, 2024 5:33 pm

Robby talks about the fathers, grandfathers, coaches and men that influenced him in his life. 

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This is the Truth Network. It is Father's Day Friday.

I just coined that. It was pretty fun. Father's Day Friday today on Truth Talk Live. And with that in mind, who was your father figure? So I realize that some folks didn't have a father in the home, but it's amazing to me. I'll never forget when I discovered this idea of, you know, God orchestrating fathers in our life. I'm going to get into that in a minute, but before I do that, I'm going to give out the number so you can call in and tell me who was your father figure. I would love to hear your story.

866—the number to call in—866-348-7884. Again, the idea being that, you know, I used to think God was the backup plan. Like, you know, if somebody lost their father, you know, that he died and they ended up being an orphan, that, you know, don't worry, God's the backup plan. Or, you know, the father left the home when he was—the child was a baby.

Again, you know, God is the backup plan. But the more I have really thought about this and prayed about it, I came to a startling conclusion that, oh my goodness, God is the ultimate Father, and He has been orchestrating fathers into your life, actually, your whole life. Maybe it was an uncle, maybe it was a grandfather, maybe it was a coach, you know, or a boss, or somebody that, like, oh my goodness. Because, you know, I don't know if you're aware, but, you know, this idea of becoming a man, that masculinity is passed on with masculinity. So who was that, you know, that came in and passed that on to you? Or in the case of young ladies, interestingly, femininity is also, to a great extent, according to what the psychiatrists say, and all that, passed on by the fathers. In other words, you know, that they treated their daughters as a lady or as a friend and called that—those wonderful qualities of compassion and all that ladies have, you know, that's all part of what their father did. And so, you know, we want to hear that story.

I really do. 866-348-7884. 866-348-7884. And so, if you hadn't heard me talk about my father before, here's your opportunity, you know, just to start off with. The main father figure in my life was certainly my father. And you may not be shocked to know that my father was in the car business. In fact, you know, when I was born, he worked for Buick Motor Division of General Motors. And so it was part of my story that we were transferred every couple of years, we moved all over the country because, you know, that's what he did. So our family became really close because, you know, we didn't have a lot of other friends because we moved from, you know, like about the time you got to know people in the neighborhood, you're moving to another place.

So we didn't just like move from Charlotte to Raleigh. You know, we moved like from Chicago to Los Angeles and from Los Angeles, you know, to Michigan and from, you know, Michigan to Colorado and from Colorado to Idaho and New Mexico and all those places that my father had us. But my father was such an amazing, it was just a blast to be around. And he certainly would bring out the best in me. In other words, he loved to tell me he was proud of me. He loved to, you know, brag on me, those kind of things.

And I realized everybody didn't have that, but I did. And I, you know, I just really love that part of my father. There's a lot of my father I didn't understand when I was, even in my 20s or 30s, I don't think I had figured it out.

And in fact, I don't know that I figured out until I got in my 50s that my father liked, you know, the best cars. He liked the best houses. He liked to have a boat. In other words, he lived really well, but he really, really, really like, if you were going to go eat out, he wanted to take you to the nicest restaurant. And then he wanted you to order whatever you wanted on the menu, because what it was is that, you know, it's a godly aspect, when you think about it, to be generous. And he wanted you to feel like you were, you know, the son of the king. And that was part of what he did.

I always thought he was being ostentatious by the cars he drove and those kind of things. But now that wasn't part of it, is that interesting is I really got to know him better in his later part of his life. And I realized that so much of it was just a matter of, you know, kingdom life.

In other words, if you live in the kingdom, then there's a certain way that kings live. And I really didn't understand that. But as I got to know later, then I really began to enjoy, you know, his hospitality, which was, you know, just unbelievable. It was just amazing.

And I learned so many things from him, but I got other people in my life clearly that God orchestrated as the Master Father to bring me all sorts of interesting stories. But I got Bucksman in Ohio, so we want to hear his story about his dad. So Bucksman, you're on.

Talk live, but you got something going on there. Hey, Bucksman. Hey, Robbie. Like I told our fantastic Saint Nick, hopefully my story will encourage people there, Robbie. It sounds a lot like you had a dad kind of like Dr. James Dobson had.

I remember hearing an interview with him and he would just dote on his dear father and how wonderful he had as a child growing up. And I thought, wow, Dr. Dobson, I wish that was my life. And it wasn't, brother Robbie. It was rough. My mom split with my dad when I was four.

Oh, wow. And it was hard. And neither one of my parents were really God teachers. I mean, mom would take us to church once in a while. She was a Mormon for a little while, but she got out of the LDS. So we sort of become Keesters, Christmas and Easter church attendees. You like that, Robbie? I never heard that particular rendition. Keesters.

Yes. Christmas and Easter Christians. So, but we didn't really have an upbringing, my brother. Our grandparents once in a while took us to church when we were at their house. But I have to say this to all the men out there, especially because I'll be honest, it's kind of hard on Father's Day. I did reconcile with my blood dad in my early 20s, but it went awry as well. And so my dad, I have to say this, my brother and all those listening in Truth Talk Live.

When I studied the life of King David, when he was a child, do you realize... We got to go to a break right on the King David note. So when we come back, we're going to hear, I'm really excited to hear what you're fixing to share. And so I hope you'll call in with your story. 866-348. What about your dad? It's Friday, Father's Day.

866-348-7884. We'll be right back. Welcome back to Truth Talk Live. It's Father's Day, Friday.

How fun is that? The weekend before Father's Day. And so who was the father figure in your life?

Or maybe there's new father figures that have been coming along all along. And I would love to hear that story of you honoring your dad or somebody that played that role in your life. 866-348-7884 is the number to call in and share.

866-344-TRUTH. And we got Buckspin on in Dayton, Ohio. And he was sharing about King David. And again, your father left when you were four, did you say?

Yes. And then mom had babysitters, and she had husband, and then another husband. So we pretty much ruled the house, Robby. There were no guidelines.

We stayed out as late as we want, even on school nights. There was just no, there was no structure. And when God really grabbed my heart, one of the people that I started studying was the life of David. And when you look at him when he was young, he was rejected by Jesse. He was the one that was sent out to the sheepfold while the older brothers got to be praised for their manlihood, their stature. And when Samuel came along to anoint one of Jesse's boys, he didn't call for David.

He just called for the strongman of himself. And I really think that affected David, Robby, because when you look at the choices that David made later in life, like, you know, with his kids, I mean, right after the death of the baby, Tamara was violated by his son, and Tamara was David's daughter. And there's a lot of people that believe that David just was not a very good father. And I wonder why, Robby. And as I looked at my own life, I was like, wow, Bussman. I mean, you was just kind of this flippant with your choices as well. And long story short, Truth Talk Live and my dear brother, Robby Gilmore, is when I really tuned into scripture and really, really absorbed it, God became my father. And now I'm a better man than even when I was married to my own two children's mother. And I regret that it was my mistake, my choices, Robby, that caused the demise of my marriage. It's because of the choices I made.

And I didn't learn, even in those days, I did not understand fatherhood, ladies and gentlemen. I didn't, until God the Father, through scripture, through deep study of scripture, changed me from the inside out. And now I champion my two kids as best as a man who lives in a different house can. And God sustains me, everyone. God sustains me. I'm walking righteously. I walk with Jesus as my King, and I share everybody that will listen to this skinny man with a scraggly beard, talk about the skinny man with a scraggly beard because of the scripture and my understanding of God. And men, he is available for you. He is contained in those 66 wonderful books.

And all I can say is, get in it for yourself. Oh, absolutely. So was there a man, I mean, or was there somebody else that came alongside you and said, you know, bucksmen? Honestly, Robby, and you've heard me talk about my dear father-in-law's well-being, but he didn't show up in my life until I was, I was, you know, later on in my life. And even he, even he, Robby, I kind of rebelled against. Even he, I kind of rebelled against on certain occasions because I met our dear brother, Lowell Beam, and our dear sister, Patti Beam. They came to my wedding and supported the marriage of my now ex-wife and I. And we both rebelled against those two loving Christians. We both did. And, but they reached out and they did everything they could to help us and to counsel us.

They had us over. But I, as the man, Robby, did not, from my core, know what manhood was, brother. Oh, I, I'm, and believe me, even though I had a great father, doesn't mean I didn't rebel against him. It was me, myself, and I, honestly. God was just my helper in those days.

Yeah. And I was in ministry. I was even in ministry. And I, and I report all this as an amazing move of our Father God, this wonderful Jophale, this wonderful God that we serve. He is more powerful than our lives.

And when we completely submit completely, He becomes our Father, and we become His Son, and He guides us into all truth, for His Word is truth. There you go. Well, thank you, as always, Bucksman.

You know, that's more insight into the world of Bucksman, and I appreciate that very much. I love the lessons, I love the lessons he's teaching, because he, like I said, he is the ultimate Father, sending Knowles and folks like that into our lives. So you have a great Father's Day weekend, my friend. Will do. God bless you.

It's Truth Talk Live. Love you, Robbie. Love you, too. I thank you so much. And, of course, we want to hear from you out there.

866-348-7884. I know you got a story about your dad, or another person. Again, maybe it was a coach, right? I can remember all too well, when I was in junior high, actually in eighth grade, back when they had junior high such a thing. Did you ever hear of junior high, or Whitney? Was that something, is that a word that comes into your vocabulary? Is that something you're familiar with?

Yeah, he's not on the mic, so I can't hear you. So have you ever heard of junior high? Junior high. Is that considered like middle school? Yeah, well, I went into it in sixth grade, and I got out of it in ninth grade, so I guess that, you know, it was kind of there. Okay, so yeah, I mean, I think, quote on, like junior high now is sixth through eighth.

Yeah, depending on what school district, you know, what part of the country. True, that's true. But anyway, I just thought I'd throw that in there, that there are other, but it, meanwhile, I had a coach, and this coach was undefeated like three years prior to me playing on his basketball team. But you may know this, that when I got in the sixth grade, that summer, between my fifth and sixth grade, actually it was sixth grade, my second time I did sixth grade.

Oh, okay. Yeah, I repeated it. I didn't get it right the first time, so they gave me another opportunity to fourth grade for me. Yeah, and the second time round, I grew to six foot five, like over the summer, I grew over a foot.

Wow. And talk about growing pains, so there I am six foot five in the seventh grade, and maybe 135 pounds, right? I had like just this crazy looking frame and these little bitty feet, so I tripped anywhere I walked, and this coach had a little bitty foot, so I had a little bitty foot, so I had a little bitty foot, so I had a little bitty foot, so I tripped anywhere I walked. And this coach, he recruited me like, I need you for the basketball team. So by the eighth grade, I'd actually played a little basketball, and I had some concept of it. Okay.

But again, I tripped over my own two feet, which constantly, which led to a lot of fouls. But this man encouraged me, which I'm going to tell you on the other side of the break. And we need your story.

Who was the father that God sent to be your father? 866-348-7884 is the number to call and share. What an opportunity. We don't want to miss it. Give us a call when we come back. We'll be right back. Welcome back to Truth Talk Live. We're in the second half hour, and we are talking on Father's Day, Friday, about your father, or maybe it was a father that God orchestrated in your life, somebody that came in and spoke a word of encouragement in that moment, and you really needed it, or maybe they were in it for a whole season of time, however it worked. God's been orchestrating it all along, and it's a chance to honor him, you know, really, on radio. Clear costs all the stations in Richmond and Ohio and South Carolina that we're broadcasting on right now in Raleigh, North Carolina, and we would love to hear your story, but you've got to call us. 866-348-7884, 866-34-TRUTH. So, and we left our hero, right?

Right. You know, this was an interesting story. I had a 36-inch inseam and a 28-inch waist. All right, so you get the picture, and my mother searched all over, you know, Grand Blake, Michigan.

She went into Flint and ended up going to Detroit to try to find me some pants that would fit because there's just not a lot of 28-36s out there, and guess what she finally found? Maybe you know this. I don't. Bright yellow. This is, again, I think somewhere in the neighborhood of 1968 or 67. Bright yellow corduroys. Oh, yeah. Okay. Well, you could imagine in that year, right, if the only pair of pants that you have to your name, and by the way, you look sort of like a freak to begin with because you're six foot five and you weigh 130 pounds, is a bright yellow pair of corduroys.

So if they did not see you coming, they heard you coming. Right, right. And I became known affectionately as Banana Pants. Now, that's just not a nickname, anybody. Oh, man.

Not Banana Pants. So I was not a picture of self-confidence, as you might guess. And then to make all that just challenging, I only wear a size 11 shoe, so I got relatively, for my height, very small feet.

And so there wasn't a great platform in order to balance this very tall frame, you know, it's just a challenge. So I'm out there on the basketball court. I didn't get to play a lot, as you might imagine. I was doing a pretty good job of warming the bench when finally one day, you know, this coach who'd been undefeated for years, he puts me in in the third quarter, man. Like where I could actually, not at the end of the fourth quarter when we're up by 20. He puts me into the third quarter. And not because I tried to foul all these other people, but I just kept falling into them. And as this happened, I fouled out. And as long as I ever lived, Nick, I'll tell you, I'll never ever forget, you know, as I came out, you know, just totally dejected, finally got in the game, and all I managed to do was foul out. And he looked at me and he goes, man, I have never seen anybody play with so much heart in my life. Like, you were just awesome.

These refs totally ripped you off, because you didn't foul anybody. He goes, look at your arms. And I can remember him, look at all those red marks on your arms.

Look, you've been hacked, man. He just, he totally picked me up off the floor. And, you know, it was one of those things, like, to have a man that you know is excellent.

Right? This guy was no average basketball coach. He was a great basketball coach. And he was a good guy. But, you know, he spoke stuff into my life that honestly, you know, has helped fuel who I am. Now, as you heard that story, maybe it's coming, it's coming in mind, you know, who was that man who sent your life?

866-348-7884. So Nick, you've had all show to think about that. Yeah. And I know your mom, obviously, your mom was a single mom, so she... So she kind of played the roles of both, of being the mom and being the being the father figure in the household.

Right. You know, like, like even though I was raised by my mom and I was also raised by my grandma, my grandma as well. And I was, and my grandfather who married, who married my grandmother later on, he was there as well. But, you know, he wasn't like in the house, but he was there.

So there was some type of male figure present, you know, but he was a male figure present, but he wasn't quite a father figure, if that makes sense. So did he take an interest in your music? I just remember him working a lot. I remember him working a lot. He supported it.

It was one of the things like he supports from afar type of thing, but he still supports me now. How about a band? Was there somebody in music that came along that was like, man, Nick, you got it. Yes. Okay. Yeah. Yeah.

Okay. That's the gears are starting to roll a little bit. So I went to, I went to Reagan High School and my band director, his name, both my band directors, they were Andrew Kraft and yeah, Andrew Kraft and Kenneth Tyser. And, you know, they and Mr. Kraft, he taught me about kind of drive, about having compassion for music and, and kind of wanting something, working hard for wanting something that is, is a goal in my mind. And so that's something that I've taken with me over the years because I feel like if I didn't, if Andrew, if Mr. Kraft wasn't there to kind of, Mr. Kraft and Mr. Tyser wasn't there to lead the band in like the four years I was there, then I probably wouldn't have gotten into music and definitely wouldn't have gotten into audio, which is what I do now. So, you know, much praise to both of them.

You know, I, I definitely do appreciate them for sure. And it's cool. Now that, now that you know that and you've reflected on it, it's really cool to think, wow, God knew he had put that musical talent inside of Nick. And so God orchestrated it. And I don't mean to say a pun, but you know how I am.

He orchestrated it, Nick. Okay. I got that one. That went over my head for a second. That's a good one.

I like that one. He orchestrated it, that these guys, right, would recognize that spark and that talent. And, and I love that, right? That's what teachers are to do, you know. And they, they definitely pushed me.

You know, they took their time, even not teaching, you know, to, you know, help me with scales and with practice and etiquette. And, you know, that's something that I carry on with me, even still to this day. Yeah. Yeah. That's, that's the whole, and, and to me, it's just one of the things that as I began to think through this, like, yeah.

And so even in the car business, right? I worked for the crown organization, not a Greensboro, which at the time was owned, and it was founded by Royce Reynolds. And he was kind of a hard dude, but he was a wonderful Christian man. And I was not a Christian, right? But they had promoted me to be general manager, but he constantly talked about the Bible.

And he would correct people if they use the Lord's name in vain. In other words, he had a really, really high standard. And because I so respected the man, right? Because I knew that this guy did stuff, but he did it right. And he was a hard man.

I mean, you know, if you didn't work, Royce Reynolds, it wouldn't even work out for you too good. But nonetheless, he was indirectly kind of responsible for me getting saved in this, that he always would talk about, if you don't read, you know, you're not getting any better than what you do. So you ought to read, you know, he would like 90% of the people never read anything. So if you're just reading a book a month, you're beating 90% of all those people out there. And I began to think, well, I never read. And he goes, so, you know, if you're going to be a manager in a crown organization, you really need to be improving your stuff, you need to be sharpening your acts, you need to be reading, reading, reading.

And so I wasn't big into reading. So I started getting books on tape. So I got the book on tape, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. And the very first part of that book, you know what Norman said?

He said, if you want to have a positive mental attitude, which for Robbie Dilmore, man, I was going to sell more cars. He said, what you need to do is you need to get a Bible and get up an hour early every morning, and read your Bible. But first, before you do that, you need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it means. Because without the Holy Spirit, you don't stand a chance of knowing what it means. Well, I've never read the Bible.

I had one that somebody gave me actually in elementary school. But I thought, this seems crazy, man. How could I sell more cars by reading the Bible?

But hey, I spent $100 on this tape set. I'm gonna do what he said. So I got up hourly and started reading the Bible.

Again, because Royce Reynolds pointed me to that deal. Well, the more I read, the madder I got at God. I was like, what?

I thought, you know, you got a really high standard at all. You know, Aaron's boys, you might know Moses's brother, Aaron. His boys offered up the wrong incense. And man, they became post toasties immediately.

That was not the thing. And then later on, this guy steals some devoted things in Jericho by the name of Achan. And they stone him and his kids. And the whole thing was making me mad. And when I get to Job, I really got mad because here he's having this bout with Satan about whether or not Job is this and Job is that.

And Job's kids get killed. And so I am furious hot with God. And when you get to the end of the book of Job, God kind of turns on Job and says, well, Job, since you're so smart, you know, why don't you make it snow? Why don't you make the sun come up and when I saw that, I was like, wait a minute, Robbie, if you're so smart, you know, how come you can't make the sun come up?

Robbie, make it snow. Well, I really couldn't. And the more I realized it, like, oh my goodness, I'm not God. And if I'm not God, the one that is has this really high standard.

Oh, I was looking for an answer and I found it in Jesus near the end of the book. But we need your father figure story. I'd love to hear it. 866-348-7884, 866-34-TRUTH. When we come back, we got callers lined up and we would love to hear yours. We'll be right back.

Welcome back to Truth Talk Live. Today is Father's Day, Friday, and you know, who was the father figure in your life? We would love to hear your story. You got to call and share it.

866-348-7884, 866-34-TRUTH. I firmly believe that God has been orchestrating fathers into all our lives, right? As the master father who brings men in for certain seasons and other men he brings in for longer seasons, it's a fascinating thing.

But ultimately, he is not the backup plan. He is the primary father, as Buck's been found earlier, but he sends in so many to help us. And we got Mike is in Dayton. I'm anxious to hear about his grandfather.

So Mike, you're on Truth Talk Live. Good afternoon, my friend. Good afternoon, sir. Yeah, today's flag day. And it's my grandfather's birthday. Really?

Yeah. And he always said that the flags were out because it was his birthday. So it was kind of funny. And it probably was.

He was an Italian hard-nosed grandfather. It was his way. You paid attention. You didn't sit in his seat.

I even helped him with pile and stuff. And it was a man's man world with him. And it was fun though, too. He took us to Kings Island, which is a amusement park up the street. And we drove in the back of a pickup truck. And I thought we were going to die because how fast we were going. That's a different experience back there than a lot of people realize.

Fortunately, it's kind of illegal anymore, but I've done it on a number of occasions. Yeah. And he would go over those hills a hundred miles an hour.

And oh my, anyway. Were you in the back? Yeah, I was in the back. Are you sure he liked you? And he's gotten trouble over this, but he's passed away since then. But he was a great grandfather. And he said, my mom would witness to him. And then my mom would say, Dad, you need to have Jesus in your heart. He says, as soon as I get Jesus in a heart, all my friends have died when they had Jesus in their heart.

I don't want to die. And he goes, my mom says, well, then you know where you're going when you die. And I believe before he died, he had Jesus in his heart. And I hope so. And I hope I see him in heaven, you know, with my mom and he and his relatives were all witnessing to him constantly as the, as the life went on. And he listened, but he was a character.

And, you know. No, I think that being a father, because my dad believed in hard work, like, and there was no doubt that, you know, he gave me some projects. But, you know, if a man doesn't have hard work, he doesn't realize his strength.

Right? I'm sure he gave you projects sometimes that you thought there's no way in the world I can do that. Well, then after you did it, you're like, Oh my goodness, look, look what he did.

You know, look what he showed me about. I remember my father, you know, he was very frugal and he wanted to have a terrace across his backyard, which meant that you had to dig out about four inches down and probably about 150 yards across. We're digging this thing out by hand. Like what you could have done with a bulldozer in a few hours, you know, we spent a summer digging this terrace.

I'll never ever forget it, man. But you know what, at the end of it, you couldn't help be proud. Like, look what we did, you know? Yeah. You know, I helped my grandfather do tile work and we would mix up the mortar for the tile.

Right. And he would bring it back, I'd bring it back to him and he says, Oh man, that's too wet. And I'd go and put more cement in it and bring it back. And he says, Oh, now it's too dry.

It was never right. You know what I mean? And finally I realized that he was just trying to keep me busy until he was ready for the mortar.

And as a young kid, I was about 17, very hot headed. You know what I mean? I dumped that mortar right on top of his head and he says, you'll never work for me again.

And he said, go home. But the next day we loved each other, you know what I mean? So he was a great man.

You know what I mean? He was a good person. And you know, it was, he taught me a lot, you know, hard work and he always came home dirty and muddy.

I would think. Oh yeah. He did.

I mean, just always. And my dad was my mentor too. And I, you know, and he's in heaven and he, he was a, a great person like your dad. And he always, he taught Sunday schools.

I've taught, I've shared stories about that before. And, you know, and I, he had every neighborhood and the kid that it was a father to. So, so what was your grandfather's name? Steve, do I say his last name? I guess Steve. Yes.

Why not? Yes. Steve Delambardo. He's from Kettering, Ohio. He started a restaurant here.

It's called G's. If anybody's listening, they got great food. And my uncle, my uncle, my uncle Nick, which is Nick Delambardo and, and he, he runs the bit place and it's an awesome place to go eat. And, and my mom works there.

And my mom's the hostess and you meet my mom and when you go to G's, you know what I mean? And so she is a wonderful person. To this day, she still does, right? Yeah.

Yeah. See, to this day, my mom still works there. And G's, it's a family restaurant and it's, it's really nice. And I never can go in because it's so crowded all the time.

So if you, you guys got to get there early if you want to go. So I take it, I take it it's Italian food. I'm just guessing. Italian hamburgers.

It's a, it's a, it's all, all above. Yeah. Matter of fact, I'm making some lasagna for my wife and that's why I called in a little late for you. Well, you know, really one of my best friends, for years and years, his name was Vinnie Menino and he was actually from Long Island and he could not have been more Italian. Actually, his family was from Sicily and he quite often made reference to the, the family. And interestingly, you know, he told me stories of his grandfather, not too different from yours, but Vinnie went to be with the Lord too in his, when he was about 84, right in the middle of COVID. But he used to do the same thing, only they would, they would plaster, like, you know, back when they actually plastered walls.

Yeah, wow. And, and his grandfather would have them, you know, and his uncle, you know, out there plastering and it was the same kind of story. And I can, it seems like he, he plastered his uncle once. Like you mortemized your grandfather. I imagine he was mortified after you hit him with that.

Yeah. And, and my brother, he worked for him too. And he threw a whole big cement bag up in the air and it landed in the driveway and it made a big old dust cloud all over the driveway. So he was, he wasn't too happy with us. But it's, it's a, it's a really, you know, again, he had a, it's like you're working and then he's, he, he, he, he, he showed you, cause I'm going to bet, Mike, you've, you've probably had a boss or two since that challenged you. And you, you couldn't help but think, well, and ain't nothing compared to my grandfather. No.

Well, well that's a, I went to the Marine Corps and I'm down in boot camp and the boot camp guy come and he was yelling at me. He says, this is not fazing you at all. Is it? I says, no, it's not. And he goes, why?

And I says, well, my dad was a whole lot meaner than you are. Right. And it came by it naturally his father. Right. Right. And I just, I said, well, he wasn't mean, you know what I mean? Yeah. It was just strict. Right. And then strong, strong.

Yes. And, uh, and loving at the same time, I wouldn't change it for a world, you know? And, uh, you know, it's, uh, yeah, the, they never mess with me in boot camp again, you know, they was, they just left me alone. They knew I was going to work hard, you know what I mean? So they just, you know, which was, it was fun in Marine Corps.

It was great. Um, but, uh, yeah, the having a good father and trying to be like your father's in the past is, um, is key. And family, you know, that, and I think you example, yeah. Yeah. Your grandfather, was it your father's father?

No, it was my mom's father. Oh, cool. Yeah. And so she, yeah. So, you know, that, that whole idea of it, you know, Italian family is a huge deal and it's a good thing, right?

Cause God's family is a family and, you know, being part of a family is learning hard work and then, but learning to love each other through it and to call people into, you know, all that they can do and stretching them. You know, I, I love it, Mike. I really do. Yeah. Yeah. They, they were, um, you know, they, they, I would say where they were, um, what do you call, uh, shoot, my brain stopped.

Sorry. Um, you know, they, they knew God and they all the church, they, they had a family of nine. Um, we have nine, I have nine uncles and aunts. Uh, and we, when we go to a wedding, it's a big wedding.

You know what I mean? Everybody comes. Um, we, we, we use the restaurant as, as a get together to go and get together with all of that family. And, um, uh, it, it was fun growing up in that family.

Cause we went to my grandfather's house every Sunday and ate spaghetti every Sunday as a kid. Yeah. It was, it was part of something bigger than you. Yeah. But you were, you definitely didn't feel like an outsider. You felt like, man, I belong here.

Yes, exactly. And, and my, my grandmother and my grandfather would always make sure that we give them a hug before we left. You know what I mean? And, and, uh, make sure we, I mean, they wanted a hug, not no, not no slap or handshake.

They wanted a hug. It better be, it better be a good one. Yeah. Yeah.

A good one. Yeah. And, and, you know, I'm doing that with my grandkids now and, uh, yeah, that's, that's, that's fun. It is, it is.

I had one born yesterday. I know we were talking about tell Tammy. I said, hi, thank you for calling again, Mike. And I hope everybody has a great job or a great time honoring their father on father's day. It's such an important thing. Thanks for listening. Thanks for taking part. All that called in God bless. Have a great weekend. Another program powered by the truth network.
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