As I sat to ponder my son’s upcoming eighteenth birthday, my mind was flooded with memories from his childhood – the first time he swung a baseball to bat, his first words, first steps, the first time he said, “I wub you.”
I could not believe that the last eighteen years had flown by, just as others swore they would. I wondered how I would mark this special occasion in his life. And so, alas, as a writer, what else would I do, but write? Here are the twenty tidbits of advice I offered him and thought you may one day appreciate for your own children:
- Gratitude is attitude. Always thank God for your blessings.
- Practice good personal hygiene. Bad breath and dirty armpits are gross.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Pay your bills on time. Your credit will follow you everywhere.
- Work hard.
- God’s word is the only thing that won’t fail you. Read it.
- Be a man of high integrity. Don’t lie. Don’t cheat. Don’t steal.
- Do not give up on church. You need it.
- Profanity defiles your spirit. Watch what you feed your soul.
- Money won’t make you happy.
- There’s no substitute for time with the Lord. It fills our soul.
- Sexual immorality has life-altering consequences.
- Be whole in Christ before you search for a wife. She will never complete you.
- Voting is a right and a duty. Participate.
- Look for ways to serve others.
- Take your time finding a life-mate. Marriage is forever.
- God is good. He loves you, won’t leave you, and extends grace to his children.
- Don’t forget to call your mom.
- It’s my greatest joy to call you “son”. I love you.