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During the 1950s and ‘60s, we acquired a couple of excellent articles that contained information focused on helping us raise boys. The first, The Legend of the Cherokee Indian Youth’s Rite of Passage follows:

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a man.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely all be around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm.

The wind may blow the grass and earth and shake his stump, but he must sit stoically, never removing the blindfold. It is the only way he can become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appears and he removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

The moral of this story: “Just because we can’t see God, doesn’t mean He is not there for “We walk by faith, not by sight.”

The second article we collected is titled, Rules for the Game of Life and sub-titled, A Father’s Advice to His Son:

“I am giving you the ball, son, and naming you quarterback for your team in the game of life. I am your coach, so I’ll give it to you straight.

“There is only one schedule to play. It lasts all your life but consists of only one game. It is a long game with no time out and no substitutions. You play the whole game ... all your life.

“You’ll have a great backfield. You’re calling the signals but the other three fellows in the backfield with you have great reputations. They are named Faith, Hope, and Charity.

“You’ll work behind a truly powerful line. End to end; it consists of Honesty, Loyalty, Devotion to Duty, Self-Respect, Study, Cleanliness, and Good Behavior.

“The goal posts are the pearly gates of Heaven.

“God is the referee and sole official. He makes all the rules and there is no appeal from them.

“There are ten rules. You know them as the Ten Commandments and you play them strictly in accordance with your own religion.

“There is also an important ground rule. It is ‘As ye would that men should do to you, do ye likewise to them!’

“Here is the ball. It is your immortal soul! Hold on to it. Now son, get in there and let’s see what you can do with it.” -- Author Unknown

Something for the girls, too: “Whenever I asked my father, ‘Can I do something? All my friends are doing it,’ he would say, “You never do something because your friends are doing it. You do it because you want to do it or it is the right thing to do. It does not matter if it is different from what your friends are doing. Make up your own mind and persuade others to follow you!”

-- Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister, United Kingdom

Ken and Nan Webster have collected inspiration for many years from many sources, and now inspire readers of “A Matter That Matters.” Contact them at kennanco@gmail.com or visit www.kennancompany.com.

 
 
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