Learning from a Dead Dad

Today I got a little hungry for Christian biography.  So, I went into our church library, browsed for awhile, and finally pulled off the shelf, The Story of John G. Paton.  I had heard about this missionary before but never read the full story of this man who was called by Spurgeon, "The King of the Cannibals."   So far I've been most influenced by Paton's father.  What an example he was to his kids.  Look below and learn from this dad in the way he prayed, disciplined his children, and loved his wife.  He may be dead, but his legacy lives on. 

 

His Prayers

John and his brothers and sisters often heard their father praying for their salvation, as well as for the heathen people in distant lands who had never heard the gospel.  Even when he was still only a young boy John began to cherish the hope that one day he might, by God's grace, have the privilege of taking the gospel to some part of the world where the inhabitants lived without the knowledge of Christ.

His Discipline

Of course, there were times when one or more of the children had to be punished.  When that happened John's father would first go to his 'sanctuary' and there pray for God's wisdom that he might do what is right.  Then before dealing out the punishment he would carefully explain the reason for what he was about to do.

His Love for His Wife

John's mum and dad truly loved each other and their love filled the home with great joy.