Ken Rorie's Story

PACE Class - 18 June 17

I have told you before that my father was a Methodist minister, so my rear end spent a lot of time on a church pew. I didn't have a choice. His father was a Methodist minister and his grandfather was also. Unfortunately my dad's father had some mental health issues when I was growing up as a small child, so we never had a good relationship with my grandfather. His relationship with my father had always been combative. As a consequence we are all part of how we are raised. I have laughed before and said I found myself doing things and I didn't like it when my dad did it.

My father was the kind of person that just hated any type of friction or butting heads with somebody, and he would just do everything he could to avoid that in our family.

I have had a couple of conversations with my brothers lately about how lucky we were to be raised in the home where we were. We started every breakfast with the Upper Room devotional, and when we were old enough to read, we took turns presenting the Upper Room devotional to the family in the morning.

I think the greatest gift my father ever gave me was he instilled in all of us a positive attitude, that you can do anything you want to do, as long as you work at it, that you devote yourself to it as far as work ethic and maximize your potential. The older I get the more I realize how many people didn't get that luxury of somebody that supported them that way.

I lost my dad way too early. He died when he was my age, a month younger than I was this week. I wished that I had had him another 25 or 30 years. He was a great grandfather to our children when he was here and a great father to me. I think I was one of the lucky ones to have that kind of relationship with my dad.