Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lessons for Life

My daughter is 17 years old. Next year she will be a senior in high school and college is knocking on our door. We have started the process of visiting colleges. As she grows and matures into womanhood and her days under our roof are shorter, I wonder have I prepared her for the world. Has she learned all the lessons she needs to know both philosophical and practical to make it in this world?

She can finish my sentences when I give her warnings and advice. But has it really sunk in? What does she need to know?

Before her 17th birthday, I started compiling some life lessons in my prayer journal to pass on to her. Some have been passed down to me from others. Some were learned the hard way through experience. They include core beliefs, common sense or practical tips for everyday living. I started with 20 but the list keeps growing so I think I'll just keep adding to it and sharing it.

What life lessons do you want your children to learn? What lessons has life taught you?

Here's 1-20 on my list:

1 Pray every day. It doesn't have to be a long prayer. Sometimes the most powerful prayers are just a few words. "Lord, help me." "Lord, save me."But take the time consistently to connect and communicate with the Creator for longer than a minute.

2. Read God's Word every day. God's Word is his love letter to us. It corrects, consoles, comforts, instructs, gives us wisdom and guidance. It is the truth. When we read his word, we can pray back his Word and his promises. (See Lesson 1)

3. Hang out with good people. My father said it to me and I say it to you, "If you want to fly with eagles, you can't hang out with turkeys." The company you keep matters because more than likely you will find yourself doing what your friends do. If your friends curse, drink, do drugs and have sex, then the chances that you will do those things greatly increases. The Bible says, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners or sits in the seat of the scornful." You may not intend to be sitting in the seat of the scornful but before you know it, that's where you are. "Evil communication corrupts good manners." Be with people who are going the same direction you are.

4. People are more important than things.

5. You can't go wrong when you do right, but you might suffer for it.

6. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

7. Money is a tool and resource; learn how to use it.

8. Always have an emergency fund

9. Don't charge up credit cards. Live within your means

10. Your body is precious; Don't just give it away and don't believe "everybody is doing it."

11. Don't believe everything; Don't trust everybody

12. There's a time for everything

13. Nothing is impossible with God

14. Work hard; people will help you

15. Your attitude determines your altitude (another word of wisdom passed down from my father)

16. All you need is one good friend

17. Jesus is your friend; you can call on him anytime

18. You never know who's watching you

19. Don't walk alone at night; never walk away from your drink (wisdom from my husband); don't put yourself in vulnerable situations

20. This too shall pass

What are your life lessons?

1 comment:

Eugenia Drye said...

Wow! Time flys! Our daughter is entering high school this fall. I remember having the middle school jitters. She made it through by the grace of God. We pray daily to cover her in the blood before school. Today she blessed God by cheerfully joining me after early morning prayer to volunteer at our church school. We are both on spring break. Praise be to God for such a child as He has given us.

I pray that God will continue to be first in your 17-year-old's life. I pray that she will stay on that sweet, sweet narrow path and live a life that will lead others to The Lord. God bless! Our goal is this summer for Chicago. Please keep us in prayer as my mom is challenged in her faith walk and to allow me to us power of attorney for the Glory of God.

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