I know many of you are going to be severely disappointed—the Worship and Arts Pastor is going to post something that’s not “Worship and Arts Pastory”. Shocker right?
Well, turns out I was inspired by our recent parenting conference at Harris Creek. I learned some great stuff on raising our son to love Jesus.
So, here’s the inspiration: I decided to make a Top 10 list of things that I want Shep to grow up knowing and doing. More than a few of these are values that my parents helped to instill in me, and things I certainly want Shep to adhere to. Paige and I really want him to grow up to be a gentleman. We want him to treat everyone with kindness. More than anything, we want him to be a man of God.
We are going to hang this list in his room. I figure I have a while since he’s just 6 months old and he can’t read yet. But, it’s going in there, hopefully until he leaves our house in 18 years. I hope and pray that we raise him up in the wisdom of our Father.
Shep’s Top 10 Guide to Being a Stud
10. Shake hands firmly. Look people in the eye. Say “thank you.” Say “I’m Sorry.” Encourage others. Laugh a lot. Sleep well.
9. Tell the truth—all the time. If you lie some of the time, no one will believe you any of the time.
8. You will make mistakes. Figure out what you did wrong and move on.
7. If you don’t work hard at something, it’s not worth doing. (Colossians 3:17)
6. You don’t know everything, and you never will. Look for ways to learn new things every day.
5. What you say matters. When in doubt, don’t say anything at all. (Proverbs 10:19)
4. Yes ma’am, No ma’am, Yes sir, No sir….always, no matter how old or young someone may be. You owe everyone an equal amount of respect.
3. Open the door for everyone. No exceptions.
2. Every person matters to God. They should matter to you too. (Luke 10:27)
1. Put your relationship with God first. No girl, thing, job, amount of money, etc., is more important than loving your Creator. (Luke 10:27)
What else would you put on your list? Any advice that your parents gave you? Other advice that you give to your kids? I’d love to hear your thoughts.