What I want my sons to know…
Be kind always. Even when you have to bite your tongue. Even when your first thought is far from a Godly one. Even when you would love to just get that last word in to prove someone wrong. Be kind. A Christian never made a friend by getting the last word.
You are not the center of the universe. No Sir. Not even close. You are very close to your mother’s center, but you are not THE center. Follow the rules. There are no free passes. Don’t make excuses. You are not entitled to anything extra in this life. Work hard. Then work harder.
Smile often. It makes you feel better. It makes others feel better too.
Say please and thank you, compliment others, and hold the door for people. You never know how your kind gestures might brighten someone else’s entire day.
Be mindful of God’s plan for your life. When things don’t go your way, remember- He is positioning you for far greater things. Get excited about that.
Go to the Word first when you have a problem. Not to me. Not to your father. Not to your friends. Seek God’s guidance always.
Pray. Pray. Pray.
Jesus loves you and that’s all that really matters. Keep this in mind when you are fighting for a friend’s attention or for the affections of a girl. You don’t have to earn anyone else’s love. His is enough.
Mom and Dad will mess up on all of the above. We will fail. We will screw it up. We are not perfect. But we will also persevere and seek God’s forgiveness when we do mess it up.
And finally, start a spark and make it brighter. Remember you are the light in this dark, dark world.
Don’t ever lose your shine.
Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.