Ill go into a little detail of who my father was. He was a very religious man so I will quote a few scriptures that help define him in this story. My father would never permit anybody to be disrespected by me. Since the time my parents bought their organization. . .my father has always worn a shirt and a tie. Didn't matter if he unloading a cargo truck, was changing a tire or cooking breakfast for clients during the morning shift. . .he always dressed he wanted. . Even if it would have been easy to do...I've never seen my Daddy take advantage of anybody. He was and still is the greatest man I've ever met. My Dad taught me that you never judge a man by the color of his neck or the color of the skin. Here are ways. He instructed me to have personality and not be one. Since that first year of college...I've met five Presidents, two Vice-Presidents, a lot of Generals, Admirals, sports stars, singers, global ministry leaders and assorted other celebrities and persons in authority. At this writing, Daddy oversees another mobile home park with almost 100 units to help somebody else out and is 85 and oversees his 16 rental mobile homes. Daddy gave food and a place to say to Amy. But more than that. . .Daddy was instrumental in leading Amy to the Lord. Proverbs 11:30 from the Amplified Bible says: Square Dealer I remember calling him three times on his 83rd birthday. "Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards." Proverbs 12:14 NLT "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." One more thing, I feel led to say. The one of the Ten Commandments to have a promise is the one commanding. I had been taught to say"Sir" or"Ma'am." I learned at a young age there would be consequences if I wasn't respectful. Even though my Dad dropped out of college. . .he's one. No doubt. It's evident to everyone who has met with him. I have never heard my Dad say anything negative about anybody. Although that may sound easy, but allow me to tell you that some of the customers they served for over 54 years were not, shall we say well, the easiest people. I have seen Daddy refund money when there wasn't any reason to. He's the person who is ready to go the extra mile. . .for whom I will always call Daddy, so why change. Daddy was never afraid of hard work or doing whatever was necessary to provide for his family. Work Ethic Unconditional love I've seen my father serve others if it was obvious that his sacrifice would never be known or when it was not personally suitable for him. But his godly example of service impacted and shaped who I am today. My Dad loves. One more thing...I have never heard my father complain about hard work or long hours . "Someone should dust that boy's britches and he would act a little different." My Dad loves the forgotten and the unlovely. My Dad loves his grandchildren with an unconditional love and my children . My Dad taught me that you can be amusing and witty . This is the greatest and first commandment. A second is equally important:'Love your neighbor as yourself. ''' My purpose in this blog isn't merely to write something sentimental about my dad but there are several things that"Mr. Harold," as Dad was known in our city, taught me... that will benefit and bless all who read these words. My Dad loves me even at times when my activities weren't particularly love-able. I'm blessed to have such love from my Father. . .and my mother. If your mother or your father have done you wrong. . .forgive them. Remember forgiveness is for your advantage. . .not theirs. Even if they didn't know how to make the right decisions... that's even more reason to step out of the rut. . .the kind of love Daddy shown back then was not just to"white people" but to anyone who had a need. A life of integrity has lived even when no one was watching. I remember seeing him recently through our doorbell camera helping one of my family members up the steps. He is just so great. Great sense of humor I remember one man that Daddy protected and assisted. . Amy walked everywhere he went and always talked to himself. People in our town made fun of Amy and thus lots of the kids in college named Amy my brother. Truthfully, I was never bothered by that because of the case. Whether he is sitting on a bench in the mall waiting for my Mother. . .or at hospital or a nursing home. . .he is looking to rob hell and populate heaven. My parents started their lives as sharecroppers but when I was four years old they bought a grocery store and service station. Afterwards, the business changed to a grill which turned into a restaurant and a Western Auto store. They ran a business for 54 years in exactly the same area. . .we were asked to write a paper. It was an easy and immediate decision for me...I wrote about my Father. Soul Winner This scripture doesn't say. . .honor your father and mother if they people like mine are. . .if they live the kind of life you think they should. . .if they buy you a new iPhone or a car when you turn 16. . .the commandment says to honor your Mom and Dad so that you may live a long time on the earth. The guarantee is not theirs so do not let them rob you. Matthew 22:37-39 in the New Living Translation says: "If you take out more than you take in. . .you're going broke." My Dad loves my Mom. I've never seen nor heard them fight in 65 years of marriage. In fact, I have never heard him raise his voice. . .nor she. What an example. . .my dad led over 70 people a year. That's somewhere in the area of nearly 1,000 folks who are born again... simply because of one man's witness. My Dad enjoys my wife Bev, of 40 years. . .whom he has always called daughter. "There is nothing wrong with that person that a good case of salvation would not cure."