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The world isn’t always right.

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Ian my boy,

I had an interesting experience just a few minutes ago and think it will make a good learning tool.

Your mom and I are in the process of downsizing our car situation so we are selling our two current cars.  My car is a piece of junk with lots of mechanical and other problems.  I put it up for sale with numerous disclaimers and was asking $1500.  Today, I got a call from a guy named Joe.  He was interested and came to look at the car this evening.  After pointing out the various problems we get in the car and take it for a test drive.

While driving, Joe is talking about all the problems, and I mention that I know about them, “but what do you expect for $1500.”  Instantly, he says, “you said $1000.  We talked on the phone and you said it was $1000.”  At that point we begin what some would say was a heated argument of what I did or didn’t say.  He accused me of being a liar, changing the amount, screwing him, and overall being a dishonest person.  He tried to pull all sorts of things on me and get me to feel guilty about something that I didn’t do, just to buy my car cheaper.

Well, the truth is, I didn’t do the things he accused me off.  Some day you will learn this, but be a little skeptical of someone that tells you they are honest, “Trust me!” they will say.

Here is the truth.  The world is full of sinners.  It is an evil, rotting place.  It still reflects the glory of God, but not perfectly.  You need to know this because if you don’t, then you will get screwed, a lot.  The Bible says, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”  I am not sure exactly what that means, but I know that it means we need to be aware.

In the end, I didn’t sell the car.  I wasn’t going to let someone spout lies and then benefit from them.  Someday, you will face the same thing and I pray that you will stand for righteousness.

Love,

Dad

Written by Jason

January 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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And another for the Gator Nation

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Son,

This is a little old, but our Gators won the big one.

Now if you are thinking that football is my life because two of the first seven posts are about it, you are wrong. Football is my life only in the months of December and January, and maybe February (but not often).

I like football, and maybe you will too one day, but I would like to see soccer in your life. We will go to Sounder’s Games before Seahawks.

Love you,

Dad

Written by Jason

January 16, 2009 at 2:57 am

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Sorry

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Ian my son,

Sorry about the pain.  I hope you don’t remember, don’t worry, I didn’t.  Today, we had you circumcised.  I don’t think I need to explain that because by the time you read this you will know.  I want to tell you why.

To be like your dad.  That is the main and really only reason.  Circumcision was a Jewish thing way back in the day.  God called them to be a people set apart.  Different.  Sanctified.  A physical mark of that difference was something as weird as cutting the skin off their wee-wees.  Today, there is a new circumcision, one of the heart that Jesus calls us to and allowed us to have by dying on the cross.

So when your mom and I thought about whether to do it our not, we didn’t really consider the religious aspect because there isn’t one, really.

When I decided I wanted you to be like me, I didn’t want it to be an ego thing.  Legacy would be a more appropriate explanation.  I want to be an example that you can emulate in a good way.  “Follow me as I follow Christ.”  I really look forward to getting to know you and encouraging you to be a man, to be a disciple, to be an example.

So now you have no skin on your wee-wee and there is no turning back.  I love you and that is it.

Dad

Written by Jason

January 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm

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Billy Joel

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Son,

Growing up, I didn’t listen to a lot of music.  It wasn’t a big part of my parent’s life so it wasn’t a part of mine.  It wasn’t until I was 17 and started driving a car and listening to the radio that I listen to much at all.  I grew up in the 1980’s and graduated high school in the 1990’s.  That was a great time for music.  By the time you are old enough to care, I am sure big hair and mullets will be back in style.

Anyway, when I did eventually start listening to music, Billy Joel quickly became my favorite.  I am been to three concerts, and at one point owned all his albums, but destroyed them all in a fit of self-righteousness.

Well, Billy is back in my life and also yours.    Right now we are listening to Turnstiles, the album your mom bought for me with her birthday money.  I would enjoy it if you grew to enjoy him too.

“It comes down to reality, and it’s fine with me, cuz’ I’ve let it slide.”

Dad

Written by Jason

January 10, 2009 at 6:21 pm

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