Jon Moton – Lead Pastor Student Ministries

get_image4Dr. Maya Angelou passed away last week at the age of 86. What an incredible woman. I have always appreciated her books, poems, and insights on life. I feel like I have lost a family member.

“What I have learned” is one of my favorite articles.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights…

I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance…

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back…

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision…

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one…

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone…. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back….

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn….

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

So as a parent of two teenagers I thought I’d share what I’ve learned – consider this my homage to Dr. Maya Angelou.

  • I’ve learned that saying “no” is sometimes the best thing I can do for my teens.
  • I’ve learned that laughing with them is always good medicine.
  • I’ve learned that when it comes to parenting, I need to pay more attention to what my gut is telling me and worry less about what other people think.
  • I’ve learned that some of the best days with my teens are the ones where nothing in planned, scheduled or organized.
  • I’ve learned that I can never compliment them too much. Hug them too much. Or say they are doing a great job too much.
  • I’ve learned that listening — really listening and not interrupting is the best way to hear what they have to say and to them keep talking.
  • I’ve learned my teen’s disappointment is a time to grow and not for me to fix it.
  • I’ve learned that a little eavesdropping on a sleepover for a few minutes is a good thing.
  • I’ve learned that being a parent is difficult and exhausting than I ever thought – yet it’s still the best thing I’ve ever done or will ever do.
  • I’ve learned that my teen may forget some of the things I’ve done for them and get annoyed with me and argue with me on a daily basis, but they’ll never forget that I love them.

What have you learned?


What I Have Learned

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