I’ve said alot of things to my sons through the years.
Some of them, regretably, were spoken hastily, ill-advised, and usually out of frustration. If you are a parent, you’ve been there, and you know that feeling of wishing you could reach out and take them back. And the same is true for any of us who have engaged our tongue before our brain.
I cannot recall my spoken words; I can only trust that the hearers, especially my loved ones, will forgive and have short memories of those I’ve uttered remorsefully. Then by grace I can press forward, having learned lessons from my misguided remarks.
On many occasions during my parenting journey, I am blessed to be able to share with my boys precious nuggets of gold from God’s Word, and possibly a lesson or two I’ve discovered from just being a dad. It’s after these treasured moments of opportunity I realize I must leave the results in God’s big hands.
Tomorrow my youngest son will turn 16, and very soon my eldest will move his bride into their very first house. There are many more thoughts I’d like to share with these young men as they enter this new phase of their lives. But the next few can best be expressed in the lyrics of this song…
Words I Would Say
by Sidewalk Prophets
Three in the morning,
And I’m still awake,
So I picked up a pen and a page,
And I started writing,
Just what I’d say,
If we were face to face,
I’d tell you just what you mean to me,
I’d tell you these simple truths,
Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You’re going to do great things,
I already know,
God’s got His hand on you so,
Don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say.
I love you guys!