Wayne Dirk Blount – Ancestor of Bruce Blount
“Do as I say, not as I do.” These words still ring in my ears today. Spoken by the man so many loved, and the man that loved so many… My dad, my hero Wayne Dirk Blount.
It’s been twelve years since he took his last breath on this earth, but only minutes since he last inspired someone, because of the life he lead. Everyday a lesson he taught me gets put into action. I am the man I am today because he showed me by living it himself, how to love, how to care, how to give, but more importantly how to pray.
In all the situations I’ve been through in life there’s always been one answer… Prayer.
Growing up I remember the whole family got told to go to the master bedroom, it’s time to pray. We had the sign hanging in the house “A family that prays together stays together.” Never meant much as a child and then I started a family of my own. Ok, now I get it. Prayer definitely changes things.
As I watched my dad day in and day out, there was one constant… the way he treated people. He didn’t see color, race, gender, rich, poor, he just saw a need. It was simple, it’s the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
He always told me God doesn’t bless you with gifts, talents and money for yourself, but rather for you to bless someone else. And as I’ve done some pretty amazing things in my life, I can truly say nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joy or more happiness, than using my gifts from God to serve others!
And as for “Do as I say, not as I do”, even he knew he wasn’t perfect!
Love and Deeply miss you,
Michael Bruce Blount