Rocky Lane Floyd: The Man Who Cared.

Happy Thursday!

On Monday, one of my dearest friends of all time died and went to heaven. Here is the message I posted on Rocky’s facebook wall

I’m so crushed I can barely get out of bed. Rocky, you were one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known. I’m so sorry we fell so far out of touch recently. You “liked” one of my facebook statuses last week and I thought to call you, but never had a minute to make that call. Dear God, the regrets. I thank God for your TRUE friendship and I so wish I could have said goodbye! Rest in peace FELLA!

Rocky always called me “fella.” He would say, “Hey, fella” and “Ok, fella.” I loved the way he said that to me in his ultra humble tone. Rocky’s love was unconditional! He always made me feel like the greatest person in the universe.

Rocky won the lotto in 1996… and he practically gave away every dollar of his winnings. I personally watched him give waitresses $100 tips… especially one time in West Virginia-a waitress came running out and said, “Sir, I think you made a huge mistake.” And Rocky just smiled and said, “You keep that for yourself young lady.” And she broke down and started crying on the sidewalk like a baby saying, “Sir, you have no idea how much this means to me. I’m suffering so bad to take care of my two children right now… and I’m all alone.” And Rocky, put his arm around her and said, “It’s gonna be OK because God cares about you… don’t give up. He’s gonna help you through this time.”

When that season was over, there was nothing left of those dollars… nothing but that same HEART Rocky had before the millions. He is the only person I’ve ever met that went from having nothing, to having everything, and back to having nothing… and remained perfectly unaffected by the journey. Rocky did not care about personal possessions. He cared about PEOPLE. He lived every day of his life to see other people smile. Rocky loved his two sons so much, I don’t see how they will survive without him, unless GOD steps in (and I’m certain He will).

The sad part of this story is that I’ve fallen out of touch with Rocky these past few years… and recently, I thought about having him over for dinner, but I failed to act on that feeling. Now he is gone and I am filled with grief to think of how lonely he may have been.

I’m not trying to depress anyone with this blog. I just hope that my transparency will trigger a new awareness to the lonely people in your circle.

I miss Rocky Lane Floyd so much more than I can describe it with words. His departure is tearing me apart. He was always there for me… and if I could just roll back time by a month of two, Emily and I would lavished our love on him.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to beat myself up forever… but I am taking the time to properly process this pain in prayer. I am asking God to help me create more balance so that my dear friends and family will never wonder if I care.

I wrote this message to spark a love revolution in this tribe. Can you help me make this happen? Please, in honor of my friend Rocky… do something extravagant for someone else over the next few days. I mean something that will bring them to TEARS (of appreciation). Also, please pray for a renewed awareness to the lonely people in your reach. I know we cannot reach everyone… but we can make a very big difference for someone before this week is over!

Your thoughts? Also, please let me know about how you are acting on this challenge.

I just prayed for you with tremendous passion. I hope you feel the difference!

Please leave your comments here so we will always have a record of your beautiful thoughts.

With much love…

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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13 thoughts on “Rocky Lane Floyd: The Man Who Cared.

  1. PASTOR C ,

    WHAT AN AMAZING MAN WITH AN INSPIRING STORY . IT REALLY MAKES YOU SIT BACK AND THINK, " WHAT CAN I DO TO CHANGE JUST ONE PERSON'S LIFE ? ". IT IS SO EASY TO CHANGE SOMEONES DAY AROUND THAT I THINK PEOPLE FORGET HOW A SIMPLE HUG OR SMILE CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE'S DAY . IVE ALWAYS MADE IT MY PERSONAL MISSION TO MAKE PEOPLE SMILE AND FEEL LOVED . WHETHER IVE KNOW YOU 5 MINUTES OR 5 YEARS , YOUR MY FAMILY ! IVE BEEN TOLD MANY TIMES THAT IM TOO LOVING OR TRUSTING , BUT THEY DON'T RELIZE HOW DUMB THAT SOUNDS ? IF YOU ARE YOURSELF , HOW CAN YOU BE TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING ?

    SOMEDAYS WE ALL GET DOWN AND GET SICK OF TRYING , BUT IF YOU JUST WAKE UP WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE EVERYDAY , YOULL FIND EVEN THE SIMPLEST THINGS TO LAUGH AT . JUST YOUR ONE SMILE OR AFFECTION IS ALL THAT THAT ONE INDIVIDUAL MAY HAVE . GOD HAS AN UNCONDITIONAL FOR US , WHY CAN'T BE HAVE IT FOR OUR OWN PEOPLE ?

    CHUCK , YOU HAVE POSSIBLY THE HARDEST JOB IN THE UNIVERSE , YOU NEVER HAVE A DAY OFF , YOUR WORK EVERYDAY , EVERY MINUTE , HOLIDAYS , NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS . YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE SACRIFICED AND DEVOTED YOUR WHOLE LIVES FOR ONE GREAT CAUSE . IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY HI TO EVERY PERSON OR TOUCH EVERY PERSON'S HEART LIKE YOU WANT TO , SO YOU CANT BEAT YOURSELF UP AND TAKE IT PERSONALLY WHEN EVERY SINLGE INDIDVAUL DOESN'T RECEIVE YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT YOU SEE FIT . I AM PRAYING FOR A HEALING HEART THROUGH THIS TOUGH YEAR OF LOSS FOR YOU .

    I LOVE YOU ALL AND AM CHEERING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU GUYS ON

    BRANDEE

  2. Wow Brandy, your comments about changing ONE PERSONS life are simply AMAZING… and thank you for the encouragement to me. I so wish you could have met and known Rocky Floyd. You n Charlie would have loved him… and he would have love you too!

    • lol!! Ok, let me try this AGAIN:

      Wow Brandy, your comments about changing ONE PERSONS life are simply AMAZING… and thank you for the encouragement to me. I so wish you could have met and known Rocky Floyd. You n Bruce would have loved him… and he would have love you too!

      Haha, glad I fixed that. 🙂

  3. Pastor chuck, I sit and cried when I read this blog. I am always telling my family, you have to love uncondtional. I know that God blessed me with a caring and giving heart for others and it breaks my heart when my family fight amongest themselves. I would to have know Rocky, he sounds like he was an amazing person. It is okay to have regrets about whet we shoulda, coulda, woulda done but please don't BEAT YOURSELF UP over it. I know that I have done the same thing. I had a brother in law that I loved dearly and I kept putting off calling him and he was confined to his home because of an illness and Feb. 27 of this year he took his own life and I have regretted not calling him, and I keep asking myself if only I had called him maybe he would still be with us today. I have offered to take a neighbor of mine to the local food bank tomorrow so she won't have to walk in the cold and she will have food for the holidays. I don't know you personally, but I know from your blogs that you are a wonderful pastor who has a heart for others. I would much rather give than recieve and I enjoy being able to put a smile on someone else. I will keep you in my prayers. You have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  4. LOL , ILL GIVE YOU AN A FOR EFFORT ! IM A WOMEN , IM UNPLEASEABLE , AND YOU SPELLED ME NAME WRONG , BUT I WILL LET IT SLIDE THIS TIME !

  5. Dearest Chuck or Chuckie Poo (that is how Randy and I refer to you when you aren't around LOL),

    I am praying right now for you. I pray that God comforts you and Emily during this time of loss. My dad died when I was 7 years old and I never got to tell him bye before he died because I away at summer camp. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack. My mom died 11 months later. When I was in 8th grade I was in a grief group and I wrote letters to my parents to tell them goodbye. But, it wasn't until I was 23 that I truly dealt with the pain and grief of their deaths and wrote and wrote and wrote to them. I know it sounds cheesy, but it totally helped me.

    Your friend Rocky looks like a real down to earth man that has a huge heart. I know he will be missed by you, your family, and his own family. I pray that his family is comforted also during this time.

    Thanks for sharing your story Mary. I pray that you find peace concerning your brother's death.

    Brandee, do you go to destiny?

    • I'm not really sure what happened, except they found him after he had already passed away. Thanks for praying Puritan Lad… i'm sure the difference will be felt! God bless you friend! : )

  6. Chuck,

    It was very nice talking with you at Rocky's service. And everything I tolod you about the Christmas lites was true and I will always hold those times in my hear. there were many other things that Rocky and I done together that will never be forgotten. I really enjoyed having Rocky and his family as freinds and not just as " the people acorss the street " and when thay moved out the first time it hurt me . but then when it happend the second time I felt as if my best friend was leaving me forever. and then when he passed away I thought the same thing but then he is not leaving cause with what time we spent together , he left all those times in ,y head and my heart. so Im not saying goodbye Im just going to say until we meet again. He is one of the best and most careing people the world has ever had and will be missed until its my turb to go .Thanks,