“And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men.” 1 Samuel 2:26 As you may recall, the Lord rejected the house of Eli, killed them all in a day, appeared to Samuel in his youth, and anointed him as a prophet of all Israel to replace an wicked prophet “for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” 1 Samuel 3:13 “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.” 1 Samuel 3:19
You are growing into a wonderful young man, and it’s a pleasure to be your parents. Thank you for your happy and cheerful disposition, jolly smile, enduring patience (most of the time), and an amazing sense of humor. We can’t help but laugh at and enjoy your jokes. You have a special way to ease stress and make situations brighter. Your optimistic and confident attitude mixed with good fun makes life better for everyone. Thanks for the being YOU.
As birthdays pass by and time marches on, you work and act more like a man than a boy. Now, chores are more easily done around the house. You seem to have more common sense, understanding, and dependability. I guess it comes with age, but you seem to be getting it while in your youth. You are like a partner now, not an apprentice. You work hard, focus, and accomplish much. Thank you for all the good you do.
Since you milk cows and work on a farm these days, you may appreciate a few wise words of wisdom from an old farmer who knows what he’s talking about from experience. Let us know if you like the advice and what you think.
An Old Farmer’s Advice
Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumblebee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
Meanness don't jest happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
Don't judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm, 'cause the colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every mornin'.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.