5.31.2017

A letter to his sons - but fitting for everyone.

Every week Dennis sends a letter to our sons. The letters are meant to encourage, convict, push the boys to think about biblical truth and apply it to their personal lives. I love that he write to them! And I pray that Micah, Luke, and Caleb will take his words to heart, knowing that they come from a place of wisdom and fatherly love.

I wanted to share today's letter because it is not only applicable to young men but an excellent reminder for all who love the Lord and choose to follow Him.

Greetings My Sons,

John Wooden used to say, "Character is who you are when no one is watching."
What a valuable reminder that who we really are is laid before us when we are not under the performance spotlight of the opinion and approval of others.
However, who we are in private must be established by a proper foundation if we hope to act correctly in public as well as in private. 

These foundational principles are called values, and when they are based on the bedrock of Scripture they will serve you well, especially in times of storms of life. But, when they are based on the opinions of others or even our own opinion of right and wrong ("I gotta be me"), disaster could be lurking.
Please consider Matthew 6 today. Jesus desires that His children walk according to the drumbeat of the Heavenly Father - not the frail patterings of our own philosophies. However solid they may seem at the time, those thoughts will prove unreliable.
It is my great desire to see you become men who walk in truth because you know the truth. 

“If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31, 32
I love you.
Dad
Matthew 6
        
Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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