Things I know That are True

Many years ago, I sat on an airplane, like I frequently do, and while I was there, my thoughts turned to my beautiful family, and my children specifically. If my children never saw me again, what would they remember about their dad?

Did I teach them everything I want them to know? Would they know what I stood for, what I believed, and what I know. If I had one last conversation with them, what would I want to say? What would I want them to know?

This sobering thought prompted me to pull out my computer. As I opened a new document, I typed, “Things I Know that are True.”

  1. God is real and He lives.
  2. Jesus is the Christ and He lives.
  3. The adversary is real.
  4. Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is our Savior, Redeemer, Judge and Advocate.
  5. God knows more than I do. He knows what’s best for me and my family.
  6. Things happen according to God’s timeline not man’s.
  7. Prayer is a dialogue not just children talking to a parent with no response. God listens to us and He desires us to listen to Him. He answers our prayers.
  8. Truth is eternal. Truth is truth, no matter what the world says.
  9. True happiness isn’t achieved in temporal and worldly achievements, items obtained, or places you reside; true happiness is obtained in living righteously, having an eternal perspective, loving and caring for your family, helping others, and overcoming challenges and adversity.
  10. The division between good and bad continues to grow daily.
  11. Forgiving is easier and less painful than holding animosity.
  12. Decisions get harder the older you get.
  13. People can change.
  14. Life becomes what you make of it.
  15. Happiness is a decision not a result.
  16. Love is a verb. It’s something you do more than something you feel.
  17. Good things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to good people. Bad things happen to bad people. The way a person handles the good and the bad define their character.
  18. There is so much good in the world, even among all the absolute terrible wickedness.
  19. When spoken sincerely, there are few words in the English language as powerful as the phrase, “I’m sorry.”
  20. Parenting is hard while being your child’s friend is easy. The world needs more parents of children and fewer parent friends.
  21. Rarely do things happen quickly. Habits and patterns are learned over time, not immediately.
  22. It takes years and years to gain trust, love, and respect; it takes a brief moment to loose it.
  23. It is difficult to humble yourself but when you do, growth and happiness occur.
  24. A weekly date between a husband and wife is a crucial element to a happy marriage.
  25. Doing what you enjoy is more important than doing what pays you the most money.
  26. You don’t have to be the smartest person to succeed but you must be willing to work extremely hard to succeed.
  27. Respect is earned, it’s not just given.
  28. To really succeed, you have to fail along the way. When you fail, you must have a greater resolve and determination to find solutions to overcome the failure.
  29. One alone cannot accomplish what many can do if they work together.
  30. Learning should be a life-long goal. Knowledge is priceless.
  31. If you disagree with what is being said, you have an obligation to voice your opinion.
  32. Standing for what you know is true is difficult but is always right.
  33. We create our own opportunities.
  34. Taking risks is healthy.


Author: savagestrong

Husband. Father. Entrepreneur. Business owner. Communicator. Leader.

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