Greg Lucas’ son Aaron just turned 16 and part of Greg’s gift was “Ten Things I Wish Somene Had Told Me When I Was Young.” They are written for his son but with a few simple substitutions they could be applied to daughters as well.
1. The most important thing you can do is love God and love people. Everything in life flows from this one commandment. (Matthew 22:37-40)
2. Choose your friends wisely, they will influence you more than you realize. (1 Corinthians 15:33) Be a unique leader, not an average follower. Don’t let your desire to impress people make you do stupid things. Be yourself and people will be drawn to you, and respect you.
3. Who you are when no one is looking is a true test of your character. (But Someone is always looking, Proverbs 15:3)
4. Take your time with girls. Set the standard high. Find a godly woman. Look for a woman who most resembles your mother’s heart. She is the best example I have ever seen in a woman. If you find her–or she finds you, she will be more valuable than all the treasure you could ever dream of. (And she will be worth the wait, Proverbs 31:10-31)
5. Live your life in such a way that when people say bad things about you (and they will) no one will ever believe them.
6. Every decision that you make has a reward or a consequence. Your reputation is built over a period of many years, but can be destroyed in one minute with one bad decision.
7. Don’t just settle for a “job”. Find a career where your gifts (of care and compassion) can be used to the fullest. Move towards a vocation where you can live your life helping people. Your reward will be more than a salary.
8. Don’t waste the life God has given to you. You will have less regrets in the end if you do what God has called you to do.
9. Always be slow to anger, quick to forgive and quick to show grace. (James 1:19-20) Remember that Jesus’ death on the cross for your sins was a complete act of undeserved grace. Think about that when you are wronged or when you are treated badly by people. (Hebrews 12:2)
10. Be humble. (Proverbs 11:2) The truest form of strength lies in humility. Here is a good definition of what it means to be humble, “Humility is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing done to us, to feel nothing against us. It is to be at rest when nobody praises us and when we are blamed and despised. It is to have a blessed place in the Lord where we can go in and shut the door and kneel to our Father in secret, and be at peace when all around is trouble.” (Andrew Murray)
If you would like to read the rest, go here.
Read Full Post »