Letters to Me

Dear Newborn Me, 


Welcome to the Amos family. The only thing that you need to know is how much your family loves you!


Dear 5 Year Old Me,

School is starting soon. Don’t worry little man, you will do well. Enjoy this time when the living is easy. And that sport Dad is teaching you? Golf… yeah you’re gonna love it.

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Dear 10 Year Old Me,

Boy, time is flying. 10 years already?
Here is what you need to know: Jesus loves you. But you already made that discovery this year didn’t you? Well, I am sure glad that you did. Your life will never be the same. Be sure to thank Dad and Mom for raising you in a Christian home. One day you will know the importance of that fact.

Dad is tough, believe me I know. You will come to value his discipline, so just hang in there.
As for school, don’t worry about being cool or looking cool. Be yourself. Also, don’t worry that you are a bit pudgy right now, you will grow out of that in a couple of years.

One last thing, be sure to give Mom an extra hug. There may come a day when you won’t be able to.

Dear 15 Year Old Me,

See, I told you that you would grow out of your pudgy years. Now you are a teen, great. Here is some sound advice- Be humble, and just accept that Dad knows everything. He is wise, listen to him. Don’t forget about your Sister also. Even though she is going to college, you will regret not talking to her more.

As for your relationship with Christ, take it seriously. This time is valuable. Use it wisely.
Continue cultivating friendships. You have some friends now that you will know for the rest of your life, pretty sweet right?

As for the ladies? You probably want to avoid them for the time being. Wait a few years, and then wait a few more years. I promise you that you aren’t missing much and will likely cause more harm than good. Guard your heart.

Also, don’t be embarrassed about being a Boy Scout. Sure the uniform is goofy, but you just got Eagle which is more than most people can say. And besides, your leadership time will prepare you for your service in the military… Err, nevermind. You’ll see.

Give Mom a hug for me. Times will be tough before too long.

Dear 20 Year Old Me,

See what I mean? Scouts prepared you pretty well for the Army that you just joined. Good decision. Maybe even one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Thank Dad for all of his help as well.

Enjoy college. The University of Florida is a great place. Prepare to spend a few extra years there.

I know the last few years have been tough, but life is hard. The sooner you embrace this reality, the easier life will become.

Give Mom a hug and tell her how much you love her. One day you may not be able to.

8/1/2013:

Here I am today, on my 25th Birthday. I reflect and see how my life has changed so much in the last several years. I have my regrets of course. Regrets that fill these letters. Advice I wish I had taken to heart and applied sooner.

The hard days did come. That day when I could not hug my Mom any longer, it came.

But good days came too. Days of joy and laughter. I have learned so much over the last several years. And that’s what living is, a constant learning process.

I am so thankful to God for the last 25 years, and if I were to die tomorrow I would know that I am blessed beyond measure. God is good.

I look forward to what God has planned for the rest of my days.

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
1 Corinthians 2:9 
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