I know that many reading this either knew my dad, Jim Greene, or knew of him. One of the most amazing and unique things that I can remember about my dad was how well he was known just simply by his voice. We could not go anywhere it seemed where he didn’t know someone or wasn’t recognized, mostly by his voice.
We could go into a restaurant and someone would hear him talk and come over and introduce themselves. It is with this in mind that I want to thank everyone for being a part of his life. He loved Avery County and the residents of the County. This was his home. I knew what Avery County meant to dad, and when he went on to his Heavenly home, we found out what Jim Greene meant to Avery County.
One of the most important things that my dad taught me during his time here is that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is key to a happy life. This is a lesson that I feel needs to be shared, because a good father will make sure that his children know who Jesus is and what He did on that cross for their sins.
I would encourage each of you out there who are fathers to take heart and make a vow to raise your children in a good, Christian home, showing them right from wrong, showing them what a good prayer life looks like, and live what you claim to live.
One of the major factors in my dad’s example to me comes in seeing that not only did he preach the Word on Sunday mornings as the Pastor at Minneapolis Christian Church, he lived the life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. My dad knew that worship was a lifestyle, and he made sure that we knew it as well. My dad lived the example at home, behind closed doors, away from the public eye, just as much as he professed it each day on Glory1130.
The greatest legacy that he left with me is the knowledge of Jesus Christ, something I hope to pass on as I grow older. I will make it a point to pass it along to my children when I have them, if the Lord wills. I want to continue the legacy of showing Christ to others, just as my dad did.
I would encourage each of you who are fathers to do the same. Do not let another day go by without coming to know Christ for yourself, and then, pass it along to your children so that they can know the saving grace of God that came through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The best thing that a father can do is give his life to his Heavenly Father, and raise his kids in a home that glorifies God daily.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15