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I think we can spend our entire lives seeking our parents' approval, and never receive it. How wonderful that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us no matter whether we are in second or twenty-second place.
This reads as a self reflection of man coming to grips with his past, understanding it and learning that not letting go of the past only hinders his own growth into adulthood. It reads as a man who realizes that he now must become the man his father never was to him in leading his father to Christ. A man who realizes the mistakes his father made so as not to repeat them in raising his own family.
What a masterful piece. In writing with such depth, understanding of human nature, self-evaluation, caring, awareness and insight SHOW the maturity far beyond the father's abilities.
These ARE the mature traits...not the other.
When one is self-suffcient, he doesn't feel the need for a Savior. The MC won.
Very thought provoking piece. I can relate to many of your feelings toward your dad. It reads a bit rough in places, I don't know how to better explain what I mean, but overall this is a well thought-out and well written essay. I absolutely love the last paragraph.

I have no doubt that your Heavenly Father is very proud of you. Keep holding tight to your faith. I believe your walk will be instrumental in your earthly father coming to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.