Now notice, I didn’t say it took me 50 years to learn these things. Some of them have been with me for a long time. Some are more recent. And most are up for review constantly. However, just in case you, dear reader, may benefit in some way from the lessons I have been through, I share them freely.
50 THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN 50 YEARS
Parents should be encouraged to be the parents.
Children should be encouraged to be children for as long as possible.
The greatest lessons of life will be taught at home.
The least of your treasures shows up on a bank statement.
The most important relationships are normally the ones you make the greatest messes of.
Work hardest on building a home, no matter what house you are in.
Memories make good motivators so make lots of good memories.
All families are dysfunctional. (so don’t look at mine like that!)
A good wife is never appreciated enough.
You will be amazed at what your children become if you let them go.
Find work that you enjoy and it will never be a chore.
The greatest rewards don’t come with dollar signs.
Be aware of your weaknesses but focus improvement efforts on your strengths.
Being first in the line doesn’t equal being the leader.
You have to be the change you want to see in others.
If you are defined by your job, you are missing out on your best you.
Good leaders lead lightly.
How you talk about work at home defines how your kids will view work in the future.
Leadership is not something you learn but you can always learn to lead better.
People are more valuable than their income statement ever records.
Your beliefs will ultimately determine how you behave.
God is always seeing the best in you and is working to bring it out.
The deceived are the hardest to save. We all live in self-deceiving systems.
Satan is just as real as heaven.
Reading your Bible is a good habit, experiencing God through your Bible reading is a new life daily.
Going to church is not a virtue, Being the church is a vocation.
We seek God through the “windshield” of life but we often see Him in the “rear-view” mirror.
At the heart of your problems is normally a problem of your heart.
Expect to be surprised by the things people can think are true.
Never discount another person’s spiritual experience.
The best people you meet will only make you better.
Saying what needs to be said is just as hard as hearing it.
You always know more than you think but you should refrain from thinking you know more than others do.
I’ve never had a bad day of fishing.
Life is never long enough to wish it away. Live intentionally not frivolously.
Your emotions are often built on foundations of ignorance.
Good friends are missed daily when they’re gone.
That person in the mirror is never how others see you.
Living “open-handed” is radical, misunderstood and restful with the right foundation.
You are unique, just like everyone else. Seriously, there will never be another you. No pressure.
Nursing homes give great perspectives on how good you have it.
Time is not my friend.
The older I get, the younger the experts become.
Even simple lives get complicated… often.
A house-full of young’uns is well worth the truckload of bills.
The size of my paycheck has never limited the amount of God’s blessings.
The “new problems” our culture, our nation or our family faces are not new problems.
There never was a Lone Ranger. Everyone needs someone in order to be who they are supposed to be.
My parents get wiser (and more dear) as I get older.
If I had known how much I would miss some people, I would have spent more time with them when they were here.