Yesterday, August 29th was the day my father, Norman C. Satterwhite was born. He would have been 98 years old. Every year on his birthday I would call my mom, but since she has gone to be with him last November that's not possible anymore. I thought about my father yesterday and the legacy that he left behind.
He was a hard worker. Most of my life growing up he worked two jobs. He was a full time insurance agent and he went out and made sales. He took care of his customers. While he wasn't polished or highly educated, he was faithful and loyal to those he served. My mother used to get upset when she heard he paid someone's premium, but he always wanted to help someone out. He started carrying a paper rouIte for the Tampa Tribune when I was seven years old. He ended up with a route of 1,000 or more customers. For ten years I worked with my dad in the early hours of the morning. He taught me the discipline of hard work and service. He also taught me the importance of taking time off because he seldom did. If there was one regret from my childhood it would be that we didn't take vacations very often. That may be why time off is so important to me.
The most important legacy he left me was spiritual. My dad loved the Lord and never missed going to church. He was faithful as a servant leader in the church. He was a deacon, training union director and friend to the pastors we had. His faith was passed on to his family as all five of his children went on to serve in full time vocational ministry.
Thankful for my Father,
Pastor Don shares from his heart in the "Calvary Connection"