I can’t believe it. I’m not sure where the time went because, honest to goodness, it seems like yesterday I gave birth to my 8 lb 14 oz bundle of joy. I remember those first sweet grins and hoped he’d have thousands more.
I remember Scott’s first birthday. Interestingly enough, his favorite gift was also one of his first words: Ball.
Looking back, that was God preparing me for the hundreds (thousands?) of hours I’d spend in bleachers. This kid should’ve come with a stadium cushion.
This kids was destined to be a Hokie. Yes, Steve and I are VT grads, and my dad is a VT grad. Of course our wardrobes included plenty of Chicago maroon and orange, but we never pressured him to attend one of the largest universities in Virginia.
In fact, we encouraged him to go to a smaller school. When he was offered a baseball scholarship to play at St Andrews College, he accepted it and spent a year in Laurenburg, NC. It was a great experience, but we knew he’d eventually find his way back to Blacksburg.
And now it’s time for Scott to find his way in the world.
Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 22:6 in the KJV, “train up a child …” but listen to the NLT,
Teach your children to choose the right path, and
when they are older, they will remain upon it.
Scott has made some very good choices and, like the rest of us, has made some bonehead ones. But he’s learned valuable lessons in the good and the bad, and we’re proud of the man he’s becoming. We’re excited for the career path that lies ahead, and are so thankful for the doors the Lord has opened for him.
He’s excited and thankful too, as evidenced by the recent grins.
What advice do you have for a young man beginning his career?
Nothing is off-limits: money, relationships, health, career, church/ministry, etc. You never know when your words might make a difference in his life!
BTW I’m away at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference this week! I’m preoccupied with courses, friends and coffee (in no particular order), so I’ll be a little late responding to comments. But THANK YOU for sharing your words of wisdom! I’ll be compiling your comments and sticking them in his Bible