A prayer for my two boys.
I pray that my boys…
- Seek truth continually; that they would never settle for the easy or convenient answer.
- Always seek to understand the “why?” of life and its circumstances.
- Remain teachable always. However, I pray that they would never allow someone to teach them what to think, but rather would always be learning how to think.
- Learn to have an attitude of forgiveness despite whether or not an apology is offered; to lay down their pride and pain in every offense and seek restoration and reconciliation.
- Hold themselves and others to a high standard of what is right and good; continually striving to meet that standard and always coming alongside others to help them meet that standard.
- Be more than merely “tolerant” of others; That they would seek to understand and love the similarities and differences in others, continually encouraging and celebrating all that is true in others.
- Know that emotions are healthy; To never be ashamed of their own emotions and always accept the emotions of others.
- Know how to stop and observe; how to really listen and seek to understand.
- Live by the proverb;
The fool folds his hands
and ruins himself.
But better is one handful with tranquility
than two handfuls with toil
and chasing after the wind.
- Know how to really have fun; enjoying all that God has given for our enjoyment.
- Remain constant in the belief of God’s goodness and sovereignty in the midst of difficulties and adversity.
- Love God and love their neighbor as these are the two greatest commandments.
- Surpass their parents in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I pray my boys would come to understand…
- The most important thing in life is your relationships. Everything else in life amounts to nothing when compared to relationships. You should always strive to keep relationships healthy and clear of misunderstandings and strife.
- There is great reward in hard work.
- Where there is a will, there is a way.
- It is best to hold all material possessions with an open hand. All that we have is from God and He will meet our every need; material possessions are worthless and can distract from this truth.
- It is honorable to be fair in all transactions. Do not swindle, and do your best to not be swindled. However, it is better to be swindled, than to be a swindler.
- It is truly giving to humbly receive. When you choose not to receive, you take away from the one is trying to give.
- It is always best to give freely without conditions. When you freely give, you will receive more than you gave. When you give with conditions and strings attached, you nullify your gift. You forcibly take as much, if not more, than you give.
- Sex should always be about giving, never about taking. In its proper context, it should be the culminating expression of selfless love. This selfless love requires life-long commitment. Sex in any other context will bring pain and work to destroy you and your relationships.
- There are consequences to our every action. The consequences of our wrong actions are for our good; to teach us our error. You should never seek to avoid consequences of wrong action, but rather take these consequences in stride and fully learn the lesson that is needed.
- Pain, no matter how severe, is always temporary. Some pain may last as long as a lifetime, but, in the end, life will always triumph over death because of the grace of God manifested in the work of Christ.
- There is much to be appreciated in the beauty of artistic expression. The beauty that is found in art reveals truth that has its root in the goodness and beauty of God.
- Worship is a way of life. Worship is meditating on that which is good in every experience, and giving glory to the Author of all that is good.
- Prayer is something that is done in spirit, in every moment. Prayer has its roots in relationship with God. To pray is to talk with your perfect heavenly Father.
- Faith is not about ascribing to a list of principles or propositions, but about falling in love with God. Unwavering faith never falters in believing God to be sovereign and good while allowing a change in what we recognize as true.
- The truth is, and the truth will remain. A person’s opinion can have no bearing on this. To be offended or defensive concerning someone’s opinion of truth is to be insecure in truth. Therefore, instead of taking up an offense or becoming defensive in response to a differing opinion, recognize your own insecurity in truth as an opportunity for growth.
- Truth is absolute and constant. But, truth is also relational because it is a person.
- Jesus is the truth.
- Everything that is good and right in this world is out of, and for, Jesus.
- God is love.
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.