Oh If I Could Have Their Undivided Attention, Once More

I empathized with the mom who saw her kids growing up fast and  wrote 24 lessons I want to teach my daughter before she leaves home. Our kids are long gone, and I still have lessons I wish I could teach!

Our kids left home long ago; they have spouses and their own children, and are busy with their own lesson plans. Still, this is sure a different kind of world than we ever imagined for them. So, I’ve thought of a few things I wish I could  convey.

If I could have their undivided attention for just one more time, here’s what I wish I could teach our kids, even though the time for teaching is long past.

I Was A Long Time Learning Theses Lessons

  1. You is kind, you is smart, you is important. So is your spouse; so are your kids.
  1. God is real . . . He’s never turns a deaf ear to a heart-felt cry, and the Bible is worth reading, knowing, and obeying and applying.
  1. LOVE, for you have been and are deeply loved.
  1. Know what you believe about big stuff and why; keep learning, even stuff you think you know.
  1. Don’t get talked into anything you don’t understand.
  1. Ask questions.
  1. Practice praying – until it becomes like breathing.
  1. If anything seems wrong . . . out of whack . . . dodgy . . . it probably is. Trust your instincts – Yellow lights in your head are important; but,
  1. Keep an open mind about little and big stuff.
  1. Never pretend you know what you are doing when you don’t.
  1. Don’t choke on the words,I was wrong, please forgive me.
  1. Forgive, as you have been forgiven.
  1. If you have your health, you have everything. Do not neglect yourself!
  1. Keep your marriage vows – if you don’t know how, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for help!
  1. Your kids are the most valuable treasure you are asked to steward – be ready to turn them over to God when He calls for them.
  1. Read, read, read – especially if you have no time – read for pleasure, understanding, information, and just because you can.
  1. Be teachable – even in situations where you are smarter and more knowledgeable.
  1. Do art!
  1. Learn to do things you never thought you could!
  1. Listen to the cares of those you love, and who love you.
  1. Don’t think you have to solve their problems, or can.
  1. Do your best, even if no one notices or cares.
  1. Serve rather than expecting to be served.
  1. Manage well your gifts and talents and resources –if you don’t know how, don’t ever be ashamed to ask for help!
  1. Err on the side of forbearance, compassion, and generosity – but, be wise. (Wisdom is fearing God and shunning evil.)

 

 

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Thanks for sharing!