Thoughts for My Children

My beloved, this:

Stand up for those who can’t defend themselves.  This world says to put yourself first.  God says to put others first (Philippians 2:3).  This is especially important when you see someone being mistreated, discarded, or used.  Unborn children. People with disabilities.  Lonely, sad, scared, and “different” people everywhere are waiting for a hero to help them.  Remember that it’s always better to put other people first, even when it’s scary or unpopular.

Work so hard. Even when others stop, keep working.  Enjoy your work.  Whether you’re raking leaves or  entering numbers into a spreadsheet, don’t numbly go through the motions – ENGAGE, and bask in the feeling of a job well done.  Feel your brain buzz, your muscles contract, your body – a gift – giving back to you. Then rest, thank God, and go out and do more work.  “The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” (Thomas Edison)

I will annoy you when we are both older. You will not always think that I’m so funny, pretty, fun, smart or hip. Our differences will be challenging, but know that I will never purposefully embarrass, frustrate, or exasperate you. Please show me grace. I want you to see the mommy who played WrestleMania with you and sneaked chocolate into your milk as a treat, even when I’m an old lady who needs your help up the stairs.

Someone will, one day, make you feel like you are “too much” or “not enough.” It’s inevitable. It’s also bologna. Unless you hear God’s voice in a message, ignore it. People are chock full o’ wrong. If you’re not sure whose voice you hear, ask us.

Take time to be quiet and consider God’s creation.  When you glimpse a horse galloping through a field, find the Big Dipper constellation on a clear night, or walk into a room full of the scent of fresh flowers, let it leave an impression on your soul.  When you are older, you will remember those moments and feel alive and closer to the God who made you. Don’t move too quickly, you might miss something amazing.  Store up magical moments like treasures in your heart.

Be kind to everyone. Pray for people who hurt you. Forgive before people apologize. You will never regret being “too nice” to someone, not really. But being mean? That’s impossible to undo and it can weigh you down for life. The world needs more Jesus, and Jesus IS kindness.  The meaner a person, the more kindness he needs from you.

When we make rules about the internet, cable TV, video games, and cell phones, it’s not because we are mean or old-fashioned or don’t trust you. It’s because we’ve spent many years watching people use them with NO rules. Those people aren’t very happy now. We want you to grow up to be happy. To be happy, use your eyes to read a lot of books. Use your ears to listen to good music. Use your legs to dance and play. Use your voice to sing and ask questions. Use your hands to pet puppies and open doors for strangers and build forts.

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When you wonder what the rules of football are, ask daddy.  When you see a new bird, look it up and learn its name and origin.  If you love the taste of chicken picatta, ask what’s in it that makes it so yummy (answer: capers!). 

Don’t wait around for the world to explain itself to you.  Love learning. 

Interest your heart in everything and you will never be bored. “The best thing for being sad is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn!” (T.H. White, The Once and Future King)

You won’t understand fully until you are older, but know this: when we say that we love you, we mean that because of you, the word LOVE for us is different, and better, forever.

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2 Comments

  1. Kristy Roblee says:

    I LOVE THIS. Thank you so much!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So beautifully expressed! Thank you!

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