We are thrilled to have award winning story artist, author, illustrator, and father of three D.W. Murray as one of our newest 1C13P team members. Check out his biography below. You have definitely seen his work!
Be blessed by D.W.’s words on being a great father.
With faith, hope, and love,
Lori & Becky
But… how often have you heard, “Behind every great man is a great father”?
Perhaps you don’t hear it, because too often it’s not true. Many a man has achieved “greatness” in spite of his father.
I suppose I am a good example. My father left my mother when I was four. I have no recollection of him ever saying, “I love you.” I do however have memories of being afraid of him and definite memories of being relieved when he was finally gone.
My mother, Caroline, was a very strong and faith-filled woman. She did her best to let me know that in spite of the rejection I felt, I was worth something and there was greatness in me. My mom gave me everything she had. Even though I grew up in poverty, I always felt blessed.
My mom showed me what a great mother was, but as a young man, I still had no idea what a great father was.
Christ was the perfect father figure, a model of love and sacrifice. Still, I had no earthly experience to draw from. When my wife was pregnant with Wesley, our first son, my only thought on the subject of being a good father was, “I’m going to tell my son I love him… a lot.” (And I did!)
Fatherhood was important to me, but I was not prepared to be king, hero, sage, and protector to a new human being.
For better or for worse, everything I was, I would pour into this little child. But most importantly, unlike any other relationship, unlike a wife or employer, I could do serious harm to this person and he was powerless to stop it. A wife can divorce you. An employer can fire you, but a child can only watch and endure the abuse. And in the enduring, he or she is shaped by it.
Everything good that you pour in, strengthens them and everything bad weakens them. The reflection is as clear as a mirror.
When my son was 10 he saw me kill a garter snake with a shovel, something I saw my friend’s father do when I was a teen. A week later, I came home from work and happened to see my neighbor. She said, “Your son is so brave.” She explained that Wesley had come over to play with her son. While he was there, she discovered a snake in her garage. Before she could figure out what to do, they watched Wesley pick up a shovel and kill it. It was a rattlesnake. YIKES!
I was shaken by the story. I immediately realized, whether right or wrong, Wes did what he did because he saw me do it first.
There is no denying, the role of a father is powerful stuff! Perhaps, that’s why so many men balk at the opportunity.
Remember, a mother can raise a son but a father makes a man.
To whom much is given, much is required.
How does your son mirror you? How have you sown into your son to strengthen your relationship?
D.W. Murray is an award winning story artist. As a former Disney feature animation artist, his screen credits include Mulan, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Princess and the Frog, and John Henry. He also wrote several episodes of the children’s TV series, 3-2-1 Penguins, produced by Big Idea Productions. In 2004 he won the Gold Aurora Award for a PSA short story called, Mr. Bicycle Man. D.W. has written numerous screenplays, pitched story concepts to Disney, and the producers of Touched by an Angel. He has had scripts read by a host of prominent actors, directors, and producers in the film industry. In addition to his work with Walt Disney Feature Animation, he has served on the executive board for the R.I State Council on the Arts. As a digital painter, his colorful illustrations have graced the pages of dozens of books including the popular Disney Cars series. His works have been published in Vogue, Town & Country Magazine, New Yorker Magazine, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Society of Illustrators Gallery. He has also had the pleasure of illustrating the covers for three of his own stories. D.W. Murray lives in Ocoee, Florida with his wife, Mary Ellen, and their children, Wesley, Brandon, and Sophia.
Majesty, The Sorcerer and the Saint is the story of two children who go on in search of the white horse of Christ’s return, known as Majesty. An imaginative tale that depicts magic from a Biblical perspective and lifts up the power and authority of God.
“If you like The Chronicles of Narnia, you’ll love Majesty. A wonderful fantasy adventure for all ages!” LeAnn Weiss, Author of the best seller, Hugs
Click here for Majesty in Kindle format.