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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 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 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
children!