Does a Question Ever Catch You Off Guard?

My mind was preoccupied recently and it was that time of the evening when I start wearing down. A young man was in our presence as were out for the evening. After introductions, the night consisted of a decent dinner, good conversation and quality company. Our guest was a young, intelligent, well educated, hardworking and respectful young man.

While the evening was basically about my husband and the young man, I sat to the side while my mind was on tasks I had to accomplish the next day with my “to do” list running rapidly through my thoughts.  Randomly, the young man turned to me and asked “Do you have one bit of life advice to give?”

First of all, the question he asked only confirms his intelligence. Pride stands in the way of most people seeking advice but this kid was asking for it. For life advice? When I say kid, I am referring to someone in his late 20’s with most of his textbook education behind him.

Well, I asked him to repeat his question as I wanted to be sure I understood correctly before I contributed. It was confirmed, I did hear it correctly and the shock of an intelligent reach out, quickly turned to an admiration for his desire of growth. He was asking for one bit of advice about life. Not a story, not an elaborate and excessive collaboration of words. He wanted to hear one quick, quality filled shot of information and that was it.

My mind went directly to the biggest lesson I have learned in life so far.  

I answered and I am good with my answer and I hope he holds onto it, lives it and shares it. If so, he will have no regrets and others will see it in him.

Have you been given quality life advice?

What is that one bit of life advice that you would give someone inquiring? 

If asked, are you prepared to give it?


  1. if asked that question, I would turn to my life verse, Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust inn the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path” What was your answer?

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    1. Great response and thank you for asking. I tried to condense my words as much as possible and my response resulted as: “To stay focused and led by Him, not by yourself or anyone else.” The young man repeated my words and nodded his head as if he was appreciative and I hope I understood him correctly. Thank you for reading and keep moving forward in Him.

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  2. Great question. My answer is what I pray for my kids, love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and your neighbor as yourself.

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