My wife, Marla Smart, is a Douglas County Moms blogger. She and I have two girls and a boy.
It’s always been important for us to pass on good values to our children. Eventually you have to let them go and trust the seeds of wisdom you have planted in their lives will take root and grow.
I realize that I won’t always be able to be there for my kids. So just in case I can’t be there, here are seven words of advice I’d like to offer my children this Father’s Day.
1) You can trust your Bible. God’s word will guide you and give you wisdom for life. Learn it, love it, know it and use it.
2) Learn the value of accountability. It will keep your course straight when you are tempted to compromise your values.
3) Walk in integrity. Telling the truth, keeping your word and being trustworthy may seem like old fashioned values but they will serve you well in life.
4) Guard your tongue. I have always tried to never say anything about another person that I wouldn’t say if they were right there with me.
5) Have a good work ethic. Promotion often goes to the one who works the hardest, not the one who knows the most.
6) Choose your friends carefully. We tend to become like those we hang out with. Make sure you choose friends who will lift you up, not bring you down.
7) “Question with boldness, hold to the truth, speak without fear.” I’ve always loved this quote from Thomas Jefferson. The world needs people who are not afraid to confront darkness. Let your light shine!
One last thing, wherever you go, whatever you do always remember that my love for you is not based on your performance. If you fall down, get back up and do the next right thing.