“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.Proverbs 3:1-4
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
My beloved child,
As you set out on your own, please remember the things you’ve been taught. Godly wisdom is tested, tried, and true. Meditate on it and filter your decisions through it. A clear conscience is key to restful sleep, so make good choices, even when it is difficult. Compromise breeds stress, which makes you unwell. You will live long and prosper if you cultivate the confidence that comes from doing the right thing for the right reason.
God gives enough faithfulness and love to share. Hold fast to them and use them as your standard. Say what you mean and mean what you say; always keep your promises. Be consistent in your relationships; love and serve and love to serve. Be a champion for others to live long and prosper. Wear love and faithfulness like a comfy shirt and let them penetrate your heart. They will guide you in your conversations and business dealings and win you favor and a good reputation in the eyes of God and the people around you.
I want nothing more than to see you live long and prosper. Never forget that God is forgiving; be quick to repent and make things right when you’ve done wrong. You bear your name, your family’s name, and your Heavenly Father’s name. Never forget who you are or Whose you are.
You are truly and deeply cared for.
This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.