A Tale Worth Remembering
A Seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in
Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One morning, they were eating breakfast
in a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal.
While they were waiting for their food, they noticed
a distinguished looking, white haired man moving
from table to table, visiting with the guests.
The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife,
"I sure hope he doesn't come over here." But sure
enough, the man did come over to their table.
"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.
"Oklahoma," they answered. "Great to have you here in
Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"
"I teach at a seminary," he replied. "Oh, so you teach preachers
how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really good story for you."
And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at
the table with the couple. The professor groaned and thought
to himself, "Great, just what I need - another preacher story!
The man started, "See that mountain over there?" (pointing out
a restaurant window). "Not far from the base of that mountain,
there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time
growing up, because every place he went, he was always
asked the same question. "Hey boy, who's your daddy?"
Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store,
people would ask the same question. "Who's your daddy?" He
would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would
avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so much.
When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to
his church. He would always go in late and slip out early
to avoid hearing the question, "Who's your daddy?"
But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so
fast, he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.
Just about the time he got to the back door, the new
preacher, not knowing anything about him put his hand
on his shoulder and asked him, "Son, who's your daddy?"
The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye
in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally
know the answer to the, question, Who's your daddy?"
The new preacher, though, sensed the situation around
him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit
could give, said the following to the scared little boy.
"Wait a minute!" he said. "I know who you are!
I see the family resemblance now - you are a child of God!"
And with that, he patted the boy on his shoulder and said.
"Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it! "
With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time
and walked out the door a changed person. He was never
the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, "Who's
your Daddy?" he'd just tell them, I am a child of God!"
The distinguished gentleman got up from the
table and said, "Wasn't that a great story?" The
professor responded that, yes, it really was!
As the man turned to leave, he said, "You
know, if that new preacher hadn't told me
that I was one of God's children, I probably
would never have amounted to anything!"
And then he walked away.
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned.
He called the waitress over and asked her, "Do you
know the man who was just sitting at our table?"
The waitress grinned and said, "Of course.
Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper.
He's the former governor of Tennessee!"
Someone in your life needs a reminder
that they are one of God's children today!