All five grands are back in school, so I have in my right hand, direct from my home office in Corn Borer, Indiana, today’s category: Top ten things I (Jim) want my kids and grandkids to remember. (These are even more important than state capitals and multiplication tables!)
10. God is often unpredictable, but never untrustworthy.
9. Be wary: the simple, obvious answer is usually wrong. (See graphic below!)
8. Choose your battles (you can’t fight them all).
7. Keep your balance between work and play, justice and mercy, grace and truth . . .
6. Don’t expect life to be fair, easy, or carefree. (Jesus saves, but life can still suck!)
5. So, develop tough hide and a tender heart (and don’t switch those around).
4. Understand that there are no problem people, just people with problems.
3. Remember, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
2. Love people; use things (and don’t switch those around either).
1. Put God first in everything.
There are a lot more: Don’t use drugs. Pay off your credit card balance each month. Don’t eat raw hamburger. But ten seems to be the universal limit for these sort of things.
So, when my final deadline arrives, I trust that my children and grandchildren will remember what I said, what I wrote, but mostly what I lived.
Copyright © James N. Watkins
Way to start rumors, Facebook!
Let the record show that I am not flying off to North Carolina with Beth Wooters! She’s the daughter of my college roomie, and I simply made a snarky comment that I’d be praying for her as she flew through “O’Hell.” Thanks, Facebook programmers, for emphasizing point 9 above!
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