I’m so proud of my dad, Robert Raitz.
He received an award at work today for all of his hard work. He works for a company that provides hospital equipment for hospitals, nursing homes and homes. He has some amazing stories of taking in equipment for hospice patients in their homes and some of the conversations he has are heart breaking.
For his award, even the top execs came out. A company wide poll was taken and I guess he won by leaps and bounds. His co-workers, boss, and the clients his company works with all voted for him. Pretty awesome!
Here’s the deal about my dad…he’s just a likable guy. Everybody likes my dad. He’s just one of those guy that people love to talk too. He’s not a crazy extroverted person, he’s probably not going to be the first to start the conversation, but he really cares for people and he’s a great listener.
Hearing about his award got me thinking about some of the things that I have learned from him over the years.
Here are some lessons I’ve learned from my dad
1. Love Jesus. I can’t even begin to explain what an honor it is to have a dad who models loving Jesus!
2. Know God’s Word. Some of my earliest memories are of getting up early and coming downstairs and seeing my dad at the kitchen table with his bible. Still to this day, I can ask my dad where a verse is and most often than not, he comes up with it pretty quick from memory!
3. Love your wife. My parents will be married 40 years this June! Wow, that’s just amazing!
4. Don’t complain. In my 38 years of life, I have rarely heard my dad complain.
5. Work hard. I don’t know if I have met someone who works as hard as my dad. I mean, this is the guy who worked 2 jobs so he could send his boys to private school. He’s just an old school guy who doesn’t run away from hard work, he just does it and doesn’t complain.
6. Listen well. My dad is an amazing listener. I think that’s why everyone loves him so much!
7. Be patient. I don’t know if I’ve ever met someone more patient than my dad. He’s calm and just backs up and figures something out. It takes a lot for him to lose it.
8. It’s not about you. My dad is probably the most selfless person I know. Rarely does he spend any money on himself.
9. Be on time and do the work that needs to be done. I don’t think my dad is ever late to anything. And, when he has a job to do. He just does it. He works hard all week long, but when Sunday comes along, he’s at Church at 7am. He unloads, sets up, tears down and loads the trailer.
And, almost every Sunday he says to me…
This is the best part of my week.
10. Never say no to your grand kids. My dad will sit for hours and play with his grand kids. He just amazes me.
I am definitely a blessed man. I can’t even explain the privilege I have of having such an amazing dad.