One of our incredible Life Group Leaders put together a final few week of small group with his guys that was truly incredible. First, he wrote 24 Thoughts for Graduating Seniors – a final hit list of things he wanted them to know as a man and as someone who was finished with High School.
Beyond that, he planned a parent beach bonfire night where dads wrote letters to their sons that was incredible powerful as well. Terry is a great leader and after seeing his notes I asked if I could share them here on the blog – felt like it would be a win for others to read and maybe something other small group leaders could rip-off or adapt for their guys as well:
13) Be Yourself
It is so easy to leave home, be in a new place and you try to be someone you are not.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. -Psalm 139:13-16
14) Be Humble – Put others first
He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. -Psalm 25:9
The LORD supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust. -Psalm 147:6
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. -Ephesians 4:2
15) Be Truthful & Stay Close to Truth Tellers
Integrity is noticed by everyone – it will set you apart
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8:32
Truth provides freedom, Lies keep you from being free. Make sure you find one or two Friends who will be honest with you. Find a small group or some way to stay connected to God. You need to have truth put into your life on a regular basis or you will forget about it. You need someone to help you stay accountable.
16) Stay Positive/Find something good in ALL situations
Only YOU control your Reactions! What’s your Attitude?
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts…. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.
17) Rest – Take care of yourself
What fills your tanks? Make time for that activity
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. -Psalm 23
18) Don’t let ANGER destroy you – Replace it with Laughter.
Control your temper
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. -Ephesians 4:26-27
When Abraham Lincoln had to write a letter to someone who had irritated him, he would often write two letters. The first letter was deliberately insulting. Then, having gotten those feelings out of his system, he would tear it up and write a second letter, this one tactful and discreet.
Don’t send the first TEXT MESSAGE when you are angry – DELETE IT and then write a second one to send!!!
Don’t forget about LAUGHTER!!! It will do very positive things it your life!