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You would figure that the “competition, comparisons, measuring up, clicks, groups, etc.” would be gone once you leave high school and turn 18. You would think social pressures and...
November 30, -0001A sound heart is life to the body
You would figure that the “competition, comparisons, measuring up, clicks, groups, etc.” would be gone once you leave high school and turn 18. You would think social pressures and people wondering about what everyone else thinks and does would go away.
I have seen far too many people well into adult life that are still comparing themselves to everyone else. They are still trying to keep up with the rich neighbor, thin relative, famous schoolmate, or popular fellow worker. It is a waste of time and not worth the effort. You can’t win, but you can lose.
High school, especially senior year, is rampant with people comparing where they are, where they are headed next year, and what they have accomplished. There is always someone who did better than we did and people whom did worse. The problem is that not everyone started in the same place and we know for a fact that high school is NOT the finish line.
We have each been given things we can control and things we can’t. You can’t control the fact that you are bright, smart, beautiful (your dad is allowed to say that!), and funny anymore than you can control the house, or even country you live in. You can control how you react to conflict, hardship, success, and commitment to God, family, friends and enemies.
Expect the best from yourself no matter what your circumstances. Don’t compare your success or failure to others. Measure your "place" to your own dreams/goals and what God wants for your life.
There are 24 hours in a day. Here is what a successful college student figures out prior to going to school: A Perfect College Day Sleep---8 hours School---3 hours Eati...
March 06, 2014There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.
There are 24 hours in a day. Here is what a successful college student figures out prior to going to school:
A Perfect College Day
Studying ---3 hours
Everything else---7 hours
If you can figure this out early enough, college will be a very successful experience. You are given 24 hours each day and if you can discipline yourself to get enough sleep, and make sure you study every day you will do amazingly well. Managing your time is huge in college. Seven hours is an enormous amount of time each day to have fun, work, hang out, etc. The change from high school is pretty alarming.
Your ability to be focused in an environment of freedom is a challenging adjustment. I made sure that I went to the library and studied there. Every time I tried to study in my dorm I would get distracted. We also had a dorm study hall area that worked as well.
Study every day and you will be surprised how well you do in every other part of college.
Money is a tool. You work to live, not live to work. Any other concept regarding money will only cause pain and heartache someday. Money does not make you better or worse. I...
March 06, 2014The more wealth people have
Money is a tool. You work to live, not live to work. Any other concept regarding money will only cause pain and heartache someday. Money does not make you better or worse. It does not buy happiness; it can only buy you a feeling of financial security. Knowing you are not going to the poor house is nice, but it won’t fulfill your life.
Be open with your money. Give it to God, your family, friends and people and causes in need. Do it in that order. If you grip it too tight you will lose it or worse, spend your entire life trying not to lose it. Money is not important. It is serious, but it is not important.
The first place is always better than the second place… I once heard a San Diego policeman tell us one time that if you are ever attacked by someone run immediately because the first place ...
March 12, 2014The Lord is like a strong tower
The first place is always better than the second place…
I once heard a San Diego policeman tell us one time that if you are ever attacked by someone run immediately because the first place is always better than the second. This means that if they are going to hurt you in public they will do much worse things in private.
He gave examples of time and time again where people were talked into going to another place and ended up having more harm done to them. He even said if someone was standing five feet away from you with a gun, that you should run. 80% of the people shooting will miss and over 90% won’t shoot at all in public. His point was if they are crazy enough to shoot you in public, they would do much worse in private. How do you do this? Use the following:
If someone gets in your car for example in a mall, crash it right away right in the parking lot. Don’t drive somewhere else.
Throw your money away and run in the other direction. If they want your money you will be okay. If they didn’t, you have a head start.
If you are in a restaurant and someone comes in to hold it up; get up and run out right then and there. Don’t wait.
Have a plan of where and when you are going to run with friends.
I know those sound crazy but he said it would save your life.
Another chapter: LOVE AND FAVOR The Lord has glory and majestyHe has power and beauty in His temple Psalm 96:6 A thing of beauty is a joy foreverIts loveliness increases; it will neverPass into nothingness John Keats I have wrestled for a very long time with the notion of uncondition...
Do they really care? Let's face it, we spent 17 years working on them. Sometimes they listened; sometimes not. With graduation looming or an 18th birthday, parents are preparing themselves for a new season with their kids. Maybe it's college or a new job or simply senior year when our child is...