Dad's Nine Rules for Living

by Frank Walton
Upon the occasion of his daughter's high school graduation.
via Biblical Insights, Vol. 7, No. 8, Aug. 2007.

1. Put God First

We exist for His glory and then to enjoy Him forever (I John 17:3).

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).

2. Follow Jesus Daily

He became as we are, in order to make us like He is (I John 2:6).

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6).

3. Study the Bible Regularly

Scripture is God's one and only guidebook to eternity. (Acts 20:32).

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalms 119:105).

4. Pray Constantly

It keeps us close to heaven's pure air for the soul (Romans 12:12).

"Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4: 16).

5. Think Hopefully

Our life is what our thoughts make it. (Proverbs 17:22).

"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life" (Proverbs 4: 23).

6. Improve Yourself Consistently

With God's help, you can make the best of any situation (Philippians 4:13).

"Press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).

7. Do the Right Thing Always

Character is the sum of all our choices (Proverbs 27:19).

"The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day" (Proverbs 4:18).

8. Treat Others Lovingly

God put us on earth to help lift others up to heaven (Matthew 7:12).

"Let your light shine before men in such a way tht they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

9. Be a Faithful Member of Christ's Church

Jesus is counting on you to carry on His work by exercising your talents in His one body (Ephesians 4:16).

"Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life" (Revelation 2:10).

I am proud that you are my favorite oldest daughter.

Love, Dad