This is a gift from Lyndsey on Fathers’ Day, 1992.  As you can see from the picture of the inside of the book, Lyndsey had a small problem with the letters in her name.  I copied the notation inside of the book and then traced over the writing because it was a little too light.  I tried to trace as careful as possible (for me), so forgive me if I missed the lines a little.  This book was compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., so when a quote just says “Dad,” that came from his dad.

The following quote is from John Wooden, the basketball coach for UCLA.  He won ten national championships in twelve years and his record is unmatched by any college coach.  John Wooden died early this summer at the age of 96 and has been an inspiration to many people.

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”  — John Wooden

When I was watching the College World Series this year, the sports announcers were talking about John Wooden.  They told a story about the first two lessons he taught the new basketball players each year.  The first lesson was how to properly put their socks on.  The second lesson was how to lace up their shoes the right way.  When you think about it, there was much wisdom in those lessons.

Another quote from the book:

“The secret is to become wise before you get old.”  — Dad

Children look to their parents for wisdom.  What an awesome responsibility that is, regardless of the parents’ ages.  So, where does wisdom come from……age?……experience?  Wisdom comes from God and is to be used in His plan that He may receive Glory.  We, as children, look to our Heavenly Father for wisdom.   

We are to get wisdom and understanding (Proverbs 2:1-5), yet we are not to lean on it apart from the Lord (Proverbs 3:5,6).  Even good wisdom divorced from God can become a snare.


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