Happy 18th Birthday, Sean!

20 May 2010

Dear Sean

Sons will outgrow your lap … but never your heart! 

It’s your 18th birthday today. It’s also “Son’s Week”.  Mom and I have you and Phillip who have made our lives interesting and fun. You have been a blessing to our lives, and made our lives worth living by just being around you.
Thank you for these eighteen years. They have not always been easy ones for us or you. But remember, life does knock you down.
Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert reminds us that the world owes you nothing, but you can own the world, if you want it badly enough.
Always remember that no matter how much you achieve in this world, if you can’t see yourself in the eyes of a beggar on a street corner, then you have achieved nothing!
God spoke to me last night when He sent me this G-mail. I think He meant me to forward it to you:

Proverbs 4


Wisdom Is Supreme

 1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
       pay attention and gain understanding. 

2 I give you sound learning,
       so do not forsake my teaching. 

3 When I was a boy in my father’s house,
       still tender, and an only child of my mother, 

4 he taught me and said,
       “Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
       keep my commands and you will live. 

5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
       do not forget my words or swerve from them. 

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
       love her, and she will watch over you. 

7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.
       Though it cost all you have, get understanding. 

8 Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
       embrace her, and she will honor you. 

9 She will set a garland of grace on your head
       and present you with a crown of splendor.”

 10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
       and the years of your life will be many. 

11 I guide you in the way of wisdom
       and lead you along straight paths. 

12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
       when you run, you will not stumble. 

13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
       guard it well, for it is your life. 

14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
       or walk in the way of evil men. 

15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
       turn from it and go on your way.

 16 For they cannot sleep till they do evil;
       they are robbed of slumber till they make someone fall. 

17 They eat the bread of wickedness
       and drink the wine of violence. 

18 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
       shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 

19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
       they do not know what makes them stumble. 

20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
       listen closely to my words. 

21 Do not let them out of your sight,
       keep them within your heart;

 22 for they are life to those who find them
       and health to a man’s whole body. 

23 Above all else, guard your heart,
       for it is the wellspring of life. 

24 Put away perversity from your mouth;
       keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead,
       fix your gaze directly before you.

 26 Make level paths for your feet
       and take only ways that are firm. 

27 Do not swerve to the right or the left;
       keep your foot from evil. 

Have a happy 18th birthday and a happy life, Sean. 

Your loving Mom and Dad

6 comments on “Happy 18th Birthday, Sean!

  1. Thanx Dad for the meaningful message!! I hope i’ll be able to remember all those wise words. Great photo’s you chose, really brings out the best in me!!!! HAHA

    Love you guys lots!!

    • Waiting for the car to come from Dublin! I will pass on your message to Sean. Thanks Mike! Have a Guiness for us – guess he is also legal now! Ed

  2. Hi Ed & Pera,
    Well done on Sean. He really is a great young man and always good to have around – well mannered, repectful and always, always with a big smile on his face.

    • We are very proud of him and can learn so much from him. Yes, especially handling the challenges with that great smile. Thanks for your messages and support! Ed

  3. Oh my golly gosh! Seanie, I can’t believe you’re 18! What I do know though , is that your parents have been blessed with an absolute gem. You are one of a kind, a shining example of how all parents want their sons to turn out! They are so proud of you and so am I. You know who you are, you don’t get led astray , you touch so many hearts and bottom line – you’re a really super , responsible, genuine chap, the type who will make friends for life.
    I wish you many, many blessings and I jope that all your dreams come true – you deserve it
    Tons of love
    PS. Happy Birthday! from Cam and Kuan too

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