At the time exact time this post posted, you turned 1-year-old. In honor of this joyous occasion, I would like to share with you some facts about the year you were born, and share with you some things that I have learned along the way that might help you through life.
In the year you were born:
US President: Barak Obama
-US finding Osama Bin Laden
-worldwide protests leading to the fall of several dictators across the world
-stock market volatility
-infamous Charlie Sheen meltdown
-BP oil spill
-9.0 earthquake tsunami and near nuclear meltdown in Japan
-learning to crawl
-pulling yourself into a standing position
-growing 7 teeth
-growing from 7 pounds 14 ounces to near 21 pounds
-growing from 21 inches to around 30 inches
-rolled all over the house before learning to crawl
-eat table food
-survived all of our worries and anxieties
-gained the coolest aunt ever
Zane, you have a lot of life ahead of you. While I have not lived as much life as a lot of people, I do still have some valuable things to tell you.
1) You can trust God no matter what. The very fact that you are here is a testament to God’s grace, and the wonder of His love. We trusted that He would bring you into our lives at the right time, and He did. Though we are in an unexpected place in life now, we know we are exactly where He wants us, and He’s got awesome things waiting for us. You’ll see and one day after the story is written, I’ll tell you about all about it.
2) Treating others the way you want to be treated is the best way to live. This one pays off; big time! When you treat others the way you want to be treated, they will treat you the way you want to be treated. Not only is this a Biblical command, but a great way for everyone to live life. I’ve heard people say it in church, and when I was working at Amazon.com.
3) Always make the wise choice. How do you know what the wise choice is? You must know the Scripture to know how to make wise choices. Get to know the Scripture and it will help and guide you to do wise decisions. To get you started in making wise choices, here are a couple of guidelines: think not only short-term, but long-term as well. Ask yourself, “How will tis decision affect me today, tomorrow and a year from now?” Also, be mindful of how your decision will affect others around you.
That’s all I have for you now son, I’ll keep writing and sharing things with you along the way. I hope that I am a good dad, and that you grow up most of all to know, love and serve God with all your heart.
I love you very much!