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My Father and the Greatest Commandment

Don Nori Jr.

Don Nori Sr. : A Note from Don Nori Jr.

A friend shared this verse with me: "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26 )

My father, Don Nori Sr, was a man filled with love for others. Love flowed into him, through him, and out again in a magnified way. He exemplified the love of Jesus.

He spent his final hours listening to the audio from videos of past holidays with family, and playing worship music. He was surrounded by family.

The Chaplan present at the hospital was Nigerian. Very fitting considering that Don Sr was scheduled to travel to Africa this week! God spoke to the family through the Chaplain, and he led us in prayer. His family wept for him. His twin brother embraced him.

All of our love poured out and followed him.

Loving God and others is what life is really about. No matter who you are or what you do, it comes down to living a life of love. Love is priceless. It is fundamental to true significance. Your quality of life is directly tied to the amount of love flowing in you and through you to others. Love is infinitely more valuable than riches, fame, or honor. They will pass away, but love remains.

Love compels us to be humble, and to fully forgive failures. Over and over again. Love constantly inspires honesty, respect, commitment, forgiveness, and endurance to grow and thrive.

Jesus said that life's greatest command is to love God with all you are and to love your neighbor as yourself. 

Don Nori Sr embraced a life of love. It is his example that taught me what real love is and helped me to become a loving person.

I am a son.
I learned what I know from my dad.
I watched him.
I followed him.
He brought me with him.
He taught me.
He showed me.
He loved me, absolutely.

And I took that for granted. I thought I had all the time in the world. Now, I am out of time. And the person who would tell me that it would be OK, is gone.

He bought me coffee pods for my keurig every couple of weeks for the past several years. It really hit me when I reached for coffee this week. What an act of love. I don’t even remember the last time I thanked him for that. He knew I loved coffee and he just did it for me.

There are many examples like this that I keep bumping into. Some more difficult to handle than others: A simple text message that I come across. Something one of my children might say. Or just discovering that he prayed with my wife over the phone almost every night after I had fallen asleep.

He had so many acts of love.

And I have so many regrets.

I’ve got so many, I’m sorry, I want him to forgive me.

It’s so heavy, these regrets I carry, and I'm sorry, please lift them from me.

I don’t want any regrets to carry.

I’m sorry, Dad, please forgive me

I pray for Jesus to come. For Jesus to heal me.  I pray for Jesus come. To Heal me and take the pain away!

I pray I don’t have regrets to carry anymore.

I pray that I’m forgiven. I pray for Jesus to heal me!

I am a son.
I learned what I know from my dad.
I watched him.
I followed him.
He brought me with him.
He taught me.
He showed me.
He loved me, absolutely!

I love you dad!

Don Nori Jr.
CEO, Destiny Image


19 comments

  • THIS WAS VERY ENCOURAGING TO ME ABOUT TEARS TO MY EYES I’M LIVING WITH MY DAD AND I HAVE NO REGRETS BECAUSE HE’S 83 AND I’M BEING THERE FOR HIM AS MUCH AS I COULD I JUST RECENTLY LOST MY MOM AND MY HUSBAND THEN I’M GRIEVING MYSELF BUT JUST MADE ME REALIZE WE ONLY HAVE ONE DAD AND MOM WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE COULD DO FOR THEM JUST LIKE THEY DID FOR US BLESS YOU AND GOD BE WITH YOU. SINCERELY YOURS STELLA

    STELLA MARTINEZ on
  • Dear Don Nori Jnr,
    The Lord is with you, and I believe you are forgiven.
    I lost my earthly father on the 8th of April 2017 and I had lot of regrets and reading your post takes me back to those feelings of regrets and deep sadness, but I am consoled whenever I remember that on the last day I will meet with him again.
    I pray Our good God comforts you…" Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted".

    Love,
    Star Ndifreke Abasi

    Star Ndifreke on
  • That is so beautiful. It hit my heart with gentle impact and reinforced “the greatest of these is love”. Don defined it so clearly because he saw it. I want that to be seen in me. I want it for my children. I want it for the body of Christ. It will convert the world. I pray all regret would lift from Don – I sense your dad and your Father have nothing but divine love and life to pour on you. I hear “you’re a good son- the best – and now the mantle of my love rests on you”.

    Cathy on
  • Don Nori, Sr. touched my life profoundly. I was always blessed by his being ‘real’ with who he was and his hunger for God. He always ran hard after God and I knew when I read his last book, I am a Son, that he did not have to run any longer. He had found that for which he was looking. I cherish the times we talked, reasoned together and the privilege of being a Destiny Image author. You, Don Nori, Jr. are following hard in his foot prints making your earthly father and your heavenly Father also very proud. I am delight to know you as well. Thanks for the privilege.

    Darien B. Cooper on
  • Thank you brother Nori Jr., for your testimony. Someone somewhere will read and receive and be blessed by your sharing. I am in full agreement with the example of your dad, and the important lesson that you have learnt and be refreshed with; allowing the love of Jesus to flow through us God’s people to others, so that people can see that God’s love makes the difference. This is so very important. God bless you, and all of the entire family members. In time to come there will be that great reunion with your dad.

    Abigail Taylor on

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