“… Telling us also, that he never went past the 3rd grade, not because he was dumb, but because his daddy was in the 4th grade, and he didn’t want to pass him…”

20131213_170939My step-Father…. the late Henry Schenke Brooks, was a Master at not letting anyone take his joy and happiness. Sure there were a few exceptions.  In the nine years that I lived under his roof, I learned the basic core-values of life. Dad Brooks learned early on, in his life that JOY was a gift from God. He used to tell us boys, that his Mother told him, that he was too dumb to be depressed.  Telling us also, that he never went past the 3rd grade, not because he was dumb, but because his daddy was in the 4th grade, and he didn’t want to pass him.  He taught us to FORGIVE.  He taught us to be RESPECTFUL.  He made sure that we said “yes Sir, and no Ma’am.”  He taught us to respect the OFFICE, not necessarily the man holding the office.  He never raised his voice to make his point, teaching us that if you had to yell at someone to defend your position that you had already lost the debate.  He taught us the value of a dollar; and required that we work after school and during the summer months.  He saw to it that we were in Church every Sunday, and set the example of “supporting” the Church.  He was a good and faithful servant.  He required that we give one-half of our earnings to my Mother as room-and-board; which I did from age 12 until 19, the very week that I got married.  One summer evening when I ran out of gas around 6 o’clock;  I called for help; he said;  “How far away are you?”  I answered about 3 miles, and knowing I had plenty of daylight, he said;  “Well walking’s not crowded this time of the evening.”  I never ran out of gas again.  Once, when driving his car, I turned it over several times, costing a $500 insurance deductible.  He paid it, but I paid against it weekly.   I remember my birthday coming up about 3 months after the wreck, and he gave me a birthday card that said…. Wreck balance: $400.00, less $100.00 for your birthday, leaving a balance of $300.00 due.  He was very strict, but I took it to be “normal.”  And, if he thought that I was wronged, he would protect me to the hilt.  He taught us the joy of life; and that we were in control of our happiness.  And, he treated my Mother like a Queen.  Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 – Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God. For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.1 Chronicles 16:27 “Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His dwelling place.” Only in Christ do we find complete joy.  …Blessings…cjlb…7/20/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.

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