Father’s Day Follow-Up

What You’ll Want Your Kids to Know Before They Launch
Ecclesiastes 7
A good name is invaluable. (1)
Sorrow is a better teacher than laughter. (2-4)
It’s better to be corrected when you need it than to be flattered. (5-6)
Endings are better than beginnings. (8)
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (8)
Don’t be quick to get angry. (9)
Nostalgia can be just plain foolish. (10)
Wisdom is the best safeguard of your future. (12)
Remember that every day is a day that God has created, and all have a purpose.  Learn from them all, and remember He has a better vantage point. (13-14)
Seek a wise balance in life.  (15-18)
Bonus: Nobody’s perfect (20; 25-29)

I had a good Father’s Day.  No nap, but  a good day.  Clearly, my wife and daughters know me well.  I got chicken fried steak and friend okra with sweet iced tea for lunch, a piece of cheesecake & coffee in lieu of supper, and season 9 of Seinfeld.

At church, I’ve been teaching a series of lessons from the book of Ecclesiastes.  I don’t always do “holiday sermons”–seems a bit too Hallmark for my tastes–but this year I did.  In part, I want to know that at least one church in town didn’t one of “those” Father’s Day sermons.  You know, the “fathers are dirt” sermons that are always the vogue (I dare you to try  something like that on Mother’s Day if you really want to rock the boat!).  So, this Sunday we continued in our study of Ecclesiastes, but seeking insight for dads.  Here is the “10 things you want your children to learn before you launch them out into the world” list from yesterday:

  1. A good name is invaluable. (1)
  2. Sorrow is often a better life-teacher than laughter. (2-4)
  3. It’s better to be corrected when you need it than to be flattered. (5-6)
  4. Endings are better than beginnings. (8)
  5. The one who patient in spirit is better than the one who is proud in spirit. (8)
  6. Don’t be quick to get angry. (9)
  7. Nostalgia can be just plain foolish (aka “Remember Lot’s wife.”). (10)
  8. Wisdom and knowledge are the best safeguards of your future. (12)
  9. Remember that every day is a day that God has created, and all have a purpose.  Learn from them all, and remember He has a better vantage point. (13-14)
  10. Seek a wise balance in life.  (15-18)

Oh, and a bonus: Nobody’s perfect (20; 25-29)

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