Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became 21 Years of Age!
by H. Leo Boles*
20 truths and principles that teens and adolescents would still do well to learn and heed!
I Wish I Had Known
- What I was to make my life’s work.
- That my health after thirty years of age depended largely upon what I ate before reaching the age of twenty-one.
- How to take care of money.
- The commercial asset of going neatly and sensibly dressed.
- That habits are hard to change after twenty-one years.
- A harvest depends upon the seed sown.
- Things worthwhile require time, patience, and work.
- That I can’t get something for nothing.
- That the world will give me what I deserve.
- That by the sweat of my brow I must earn my bread.
- That a thorough education brings the best of everything.
- That honesty is the best policy for right.
- The value of truth in everything.
- The folly of not taking the advice of older people.
- What it really means to parents to rear their son.
- What hardships and disappointment leaving home against parent’s will brings.
- More of the Bible.
- The value of the opportunity of serving my fellow-man.
- That Jesus is with me always.
- That God’s relationship to me is as good as that of a shepherd to his sheep.
*Chapel Talk by H. Leo Boles at David Lipscomb College, Spring, 1928. Taken from A Word Fitly Spoken, by John D. Cox. Reprinted in "The Dublin Dew," Bellvue Rd. church, Dublin Ga., 2011 Mar 06.