Have kids? Grandkids? Even if you don’t, you were raised by parents or a guardian who probably had household rules and advice throughout the years. Here is a short list of some of the words of wisdom I’ve given my children through the years as they, probably, rolled their eyes at me in secret. Well, actually, I caught them a few times with the eyes in the back of my head…
You don’t have to like everyone you meet, but you need to love their soul. There are going to be some people who you simply don’t care for. It’s okay not to spend time with those folks, but love them and pray for them.
Learn from the good and the bad people in your life. We know how bad behavior, bullying, crass words, makes us feel, so don’t do that to others. And we know how the good behavior of people makes us feel (loved, cared for, respected) so do more of that.
Only touch the food you’re going to eat. (Self-explanatory.)
If it’s not yours, don’t touch it unless you ask first. This was mostly for when the kids were young, but a good rule in general, regardless.
Whatever you give out comes back, so give out good things. Period.
Be thorough in everything you do. My eldest now hates that word. Thorough. 😊
Say please and thank you. And, yes, there are still certain things that demand a thank you note be written and mailed the old-fashioned way.
When driving…if you can’t see, don’t go. (Fog, blinding sun, icy windows, blind spots). Drive so that your passengers are not scared to death and feel safe. Drive like an old lady.
Be sure you give some of your money to God and save some of your money. He will reward you for that.
Leave things better than when you left them. Be it a sink with dirty dishes in it or a person in distress, make a difference for the good.
Be beautiful on the inside. That’s so much more important than anything going on with your appearance.
What kind of advice has been on your lips to leave behind for the next generation?
“…the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.” James 3:17