Dear Ethan and Landon,
I feel moved to write you a letter sharing my heart with you. Right now at this point in your life by God’s grace you have so much to look forward to. You’re excited about one day when you’re older when you can do so much. Even at your ages 9 and 10 I hear you talk of looking forward to doing what you want to do instead of the guide lines your mom and I have set. The possibilities for your life and the opportunities you’ll have will be amazing, but above all I’m praying that you’ll allow Jesus to lead you.
Take it from someone who knows what it is to go his own way and not listen to the Lord. It doesn’t end well. The best years of my life have been when I was loving God with everything within me. The best years aren’t always the easiest either, but they were the best because I knew I was growing and that I was right where I needed to be. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as to what you spend your life doing. Don’t strive to be wealthy, strive to be obedient. As you keep loving Jesus you’ll find there’s a natural desire to serve others and give your life away. That’s the love of Jesus flowing through you. As you bless God you yourself will be a blessing to others.
Allow the word of God to be the compass for your life. It is God’s chosen way of revealing himself to us, giving us direction in how this life should be lived. Do not take God’s words lightly, but treasure them; for in them are the words of life.
Finish what you start. The world is full of men who choose not to finish. When you’re tired and exhausted…get up and finish. When times are difficult and the easiest thing to do would be to quit….don’t. Finish strong. You might not finish in first place or always be the best, but you can always do your best. Don’t leave anything left in the tank, finish strong!
Be careful who you spend a majority of your time with. The Bible speaks that “bad company corrupts good character.” I’ve found you become who you hang out with. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a heart to reach out to unbelievers it just means we don’t have our deepest friendships invested in those running from God.
Look for a woman like your mother: a Christ follower with Godly character, loves others, works hard and loves you. If you find a woman half your mom’s beauty (inside and out) you should count yourself blessed. Remember to treat women as you would want someone to treat your daughter; with honor and dignity. As a Christian man you are called to purity. Give God and the one you love this treasure.
Honor your mother always, no matter your age. She is a gift to you.
You’re mother and I will always give you our unconditional love. You are our children, we can do no less. Always know you have a safe place to land in our arms….no matter what.
You are a gift from God to me. It’s an honor to be your father. You will honor me by honoring God with your life.
I Love You,