According to Snopes it is true too.
A seminary professor was vacationing
with his wife in Gatlinburg , TN.
One morning, they were eating breakfast at
a 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 that 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! 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 & asked
her, 'Do you know who that man was -- the
one 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 governor of Tennessee !'
Someone in your life today needs a reminder
that they're one of God's children!
'The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of God stands forever.' ~~Isaiah
YOU'RE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN!!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!