That Little Chap who follows me

5 Feb

If you know me, you know how much I love basketball.  Back to that thought in a minute.

I’ve been sitting here at my desk trying to recharge for 11am service (if I dare say this, morning worships really zap me.  But I love them!!).  I glanced over at a poem I found YEARS AGO.  Never could find the author of this poem then, but I keyed it in, printed it, and put it in a place on my shelf where I would always see it.  Why, you ask??  Read it and see for yourself:

That Little Chap Who Follows Me

A careful man I ought to be,
A little fellow follows me,
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he’ll go the selfsame way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate’er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me, he says, he’s going to be,
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine
The base in me he must not see,
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go,
Through summer’s fun and winter’s snow,
In building for the years to be
The little chap who follows me!

I put that on my shelf YEARS AGO when Drew was still really small to remind me of one of the most important jobs God gave me:  Being a dad!!  The poem is about a little boy, but this applies to Krissy, too!  In my call to ministry, God has called me first and foremost to be HUSBAND to my bride (whom I love deeply) and FATHER to my children (whom I also love deeply). We all need those reminders that there are very special people in our lives that develop and grow BASED ON HOW WE LIVE AND WHAT WE SAY!!!


This morning, on a whim, I google this poem and FINALLY discovered who the author is …

Hall of Fame former basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins, the late John Wooden!!!  And, quite frankly, that makes it even more special to me!!

One Response to “That Little Chap who follows me”

  1. marty coates January 27, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Thanks David. I too have read that over the years, but it is especially meaningful today. Not shocked that John Wooten put these words to pen.

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