|Don Rutledge (photo by: Ken Touchton)|
Don turned down positions with Life magazine, Associated Press and many others. The Associated Press job would allow Don to travel the country doing any feature story that he wanted to do. The AP job also would require him to go with the President of the United States on any over seas coverages. Don turned down what most would have not thought twice about taking as jobs.
Don did not follow the normal direction that most Americans seek. He did not climb the ladder as most would. In our culture we are trained to continue to go up vertically. We move through our school years doing this and most continue to do the same in the corporate ladder climb. However, Don learned to follow his Lord——Jesus. Whenever Don decided, there was no brass ring to grab. In hindsight Don's life is a testimony to how the Lord takes care of his children.
|John Howard Griffin as a black man in New Orleans in 1956. (Photo by: Don Rutledge)|
|John Howard Griffin getting dressed in a hotel in 1956. (Photo by: Don Rutledge)|
|John Howard Griffin looking at movies playing. When going in as a black man he would have a separate entrance. (Photo by: Don Rutledge)|
|John Howard Griffin as a black man and polishing shoes for a white man. (Photo by: Don Rutledge)|
This writer concludes that Don has exemplified better than most that following your Lord does not mean giving yourself to a lesser life. Those that earlier criticized Don for leaving Black Star to work with Southern Baptist have called him over and over asking if there are any openings for them to serve.
|New York City, NY 1966: Lady on roof top. (photo by: Don Rutledge)|
While working with Don at the Foreign Mission Board this writer observed how the administrative assistants and those that worked in the file area of photography were often teasing Don. After one trip, Don's office was completely rolled with toilet paper. Another time one of the girls in the office had everyone dress like Don. Don always wore the same style shirts and this made it easy to tease him.
Another time Don came back to discover his desk stacked in mail. Virginia Adams, administrative assistant in communications department, had made up labels with Don's name and address. Virginia asked everyone to bring in all their junk mail. She then put the labels on all that mail.
|Boy in mirror. (Photo by: Don Rutledge)|