Who's Your Daddy?
A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One
morning, they were eating breakfast at 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 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
"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
great 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 the 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 lunch time from other students. He would avoid
going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad. "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'. This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around
him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the
following to that 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. 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'm
a Child of God'." The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said,
"Isn't that a great story?"
The professor responded that it really was a great story!
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 never would have amounted
to anything!" And he walked away.
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress
over and asked her, "Do you know who that man was who just left that was
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 today needs a reminder that they're one of God's