12 Lessons I Want Our Son to Learn Before He Turns 12
1. The Benefit of Kindness. Offering kindness to others is a both a blessing to the other person and to yourself. Go out of your way to show kindness to others and you’ll be the better man for it.
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. ~ Prov. 11:17
2. The Value of Hard Work. It might not feel pleasant at the time, but there’s nothing like the satisfaction of a job well-done and the reward of giving it all you’ve got.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men ~ Col. 3:23
3. The Power of Self-Control. Learning to get a grip on yourself and your temper will make you the true winner.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty. And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. ~ Prov. 16:32
4. The Gift of Good Manners. Taking the trouble to choose politeness will more than pay off. Good manners will open more doors than kicking one down ever will.
“Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.” – Theodore Roosevelt
5. The Walk of Humility. The world would have you strutting around, showing off your “stuff” but God has a much better approach. Walk humbly in His strength rather than your own.
What does the LORD require of you . . . but to walk humbly with your God? ~ Mic. 6:8
6. The Blessing of Obedience. Listen to God’s instructions and you’ll experience great blessings—not necessarily in the way some people view blessings, but in much deeper and richer ways than the world will ever know.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments. ~ Ps. 112:1
7. The Honor of Justice. Always uphold that which is good and right – no matter what the personal cost. And fight against injustice wherever you come across it. It’s your privilege and honor to do so.
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. ~ Isa. 1:17
8. The Strength of Serving Others. As God has equipped you, so use those gifts – not to build yourself up – but to offer your talents and skills to help others.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. ~ I Pet. 4:10
9. The Dignity of Respect. Showing respect might be considered somewhat old-fashioned, but it says as much about you – maybe even more – than it does about the other person. Speak and treat others respectfully.
Outdo one another in showing honor. ~ Rom. 12:10
10. The Courage to Do What’s Right. It takes a brave man to stand up for what is right. Be that man and don’t back down from evil. Not ever.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Rom. 12:21
11. The Delight in God’s Word. Learn to love the Word of God for it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). Arm yourself with His Word and you will be prepared for whatever you face in life.
Blessed is the man who(se) . . . delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.~ Ps. 1:1-2
12. The Unfailing Love of Christ. No matter what you might encounter in life, nothing . . . no, nothing will keep you from Christ’s love.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? ~ Rom. 8:35
I read his on a blog or pin somewhere recently. Not sure, sorry I can’t give the author credit where credit is due. Thought it was to good not to share especially where I have three young boys. So much to teach them before they are adults.
Have a blessed Day!!
ps I will post some more personal posts as soon as I get a little extra time :))