If you would have your son to walk honourably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them – not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone. Anne Bronte
My baby leaves home this year for college. Although I will miss him, I’m not sad for him to leave. It is right, he is ready, and the world needs him.
Amos is what people call an old soul. He likes NPR, talking politics, visiting antique shops, and sitting on the porch talking. He believes in good manners, listening to others, and giving your seat to your elders. He is respectful and responsible. And he is only 17.
Amos plans to study Soil Science in college. He is thinking of joining the Peace Corps afterward and perhaps working for an NGO for a few years before settling down in the States.
Amos was born with a compassionate heart. He takes time to listen to people. He talks to everyone; he has never met a stranger. He writes thank you notes with sincerity, calls me to tell me good news, and texts his grandmothers.
When Amos was little, maybe 6 or 7 years old, he wanted to buy a ribbon at one of the book stores. He chose a red ribbon, second place. I said, “Amos you can buy a blue ribbon. Why not get first place?”
“No. Someone else might want first place. It’s ok to get second.”
Wow. If that isn’t what Christ spent his life teaching us, I don’t know what is.
I love you, Amos. Not only are you a great son, but you are a wonderful brother in Christ.
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing. Philippians 2:3-4 TLB