The Principles

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The following principles comprise my code of conduct and the laws, doctrines and assumptions that I believe to be fundamentally true (see this explanation of principle-centered living). While I do not always exemplify these principles perfectly every day, they are the principles that guide me through life. Some may seem silly, but even those are part of my fundamental belief system. This list is a work in progress, and I will add to it as needed. The order in which these principles are presented is not particularly significant. For purposes of reference, once a principle has been included in the list, its corresponding number will not be changed.

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  1. There is a God (and you’re not Him).
  2. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
  3. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
  4. Choices have consequences.
  5. Music is important.
  6. Be good and have fun.
  7. Old people are cool (and you can learn a lot from them).
  8. Little kids are cool (and you can learn a lot from them).
  9. Say “Please” and “Thank you” – a lot!
  10. Your parents know more than you do.
  11. You are valuable.
  12. Learn something new every day.
  13. Reading will make you smarter.
  14. Be nice to other people.
  15. Puddles were put there to jump in.
  16. Live every day like you won’t be here tomorrow.
  17. Singing makes you feel better.
  18. Guacamole is one of God’s best inventions.
  19. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  20. Drink lots of water.
  21. Smile.
  22. Laughter is the best medicine.
  23. Love unconditionally.
  24. Everybody needs a bucket list.
  25. Hugs are good.
  26. If you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
  27. It’s not nice to leave your pee on the toilet (or the floor).
  28. Rain is one of God’s best inventions.
  29. Finding out about your ancestors can teach you a lot about yourself.
  30. The world doesn’t revolve around you.
  31. Rainbows are cool.
  32. Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.
  33. Rules are important.
  34. God’s way is the best way.
  35. Prayer makes you stronger.
  36. Family is one of God’s best inventions.
  37. Tell people you love them.
  38. Make other people feel good.
  39. Sometimes listening is better than talking.
  40. Broken hearts are inevitable, and survivable.
  41. That whole “Circle of Life” thing is pretty important.
  42. Never, never, never, never, never, never ever give up.
  43. Naps are good.
  44. Always wash your hands.
  45. Brush your teeth every day.
  46. This, too, shall pass.
  47. Save some money for a rainy day.
  48. Try giving yourself away.
  49. Be generous.
  50. It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
  51. Chocolate milk makes everything better.
  52. If Mommy kisses your boo-boo, it will get better.
  53. Beauty is only skin-deep.
  54. Life is like a box of chocolates.
  55. Follow your dreams.
  56. It’s OK to be afraid.
  57. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the determination to act in the face of fear.
  58. If you just get back up every time you get knocked down, you win!
  59. Nobody is perfect.
  60. Money won’t buy happiness, but neither will poverty.
  61. Some things are more important than other things.
  62. Love people and use things; don’t love things and use people.
  63. Don’t ever forget the promises you made on your wedding day.
  64. Balance is the key to a healthy life.
  65. Stand up for what’s right, even if you’re the only one standing.
  66. God already has it all figured out.
  67. If you play with fire, you’re probably going to get burned.
  68. Learn from your mistakes, and then keep going.
  69. When trust is destroyed, it takes a long time to rebuild.
  70. Don’t be too quick to judge other people.
  71. Do the right thing.
  72. You can learn a lot just by watching people.
  73. Stop and smell the flowers.
  74. Listen to the birds.
  75. Sometimes the journey is just as important as the destination.
  76. Vacations are important.
  77. Go camping.
  78. If you walk like a duck, talk like a duck, look like a duck, and are always seen in the company of ducks, you must pardon me if I mistake you for a duck.”
  79. Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.
  80. Think of other people as being better than you.
  81. Satan is a big loser.
  82. Satan is a liar.
  83. Words are powerful things.
  84. Santa Claus is real.
  85. Heaven is real.
  86. Honesty really is the best policy.
  87. Trees are supposed to be climbed.
  88. There aren’t any monsters under your bed (or in your closet).
  89. All work and no play is not healthy (or fun).
  90. Make-believe is good.
  91. Don’t hate … anyone … period.
  92. Always play fair.
  93. Sometimes the other person is right.
  94. Forgiveness is powerful.
  95. The best is yet to come.
  96. Marshmallows taste better roasted.
  97. Chocolate is one of God’s best inventions.
  98. Patience is a virtue.
  99. Choose to be happy.
  100. Sometimes it’s OK to be silly.
  101. Evil companionship corrupts good morals.
  102. It’s OK for boys (and men) to cry.
  103. Nobody likes a show-off.
  104. It’s easier to remember something if you write it down.
  105. The most important thing you can give to your kids is your time.
  106. Ask lots of questions.
  107. Pay attention.
  108. Be careful, little eyes, what you see.
  109. Be careful, little ears, what you hear.
  110. Jesus loves me, this I know.
  111. I am proud – and blessed – to be an American.
  112. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
  113. The Truth is out there.
  114. You can’t always trust your feelings.
  115. Bad things are gonna happen.
  116. All things work together for good to those who love the Lord.”
  117. Trust in God, and never give up.
  118. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
  119. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
  120. Life is not fair.
  121. Sin can ruin your life.
  122. Always consider how your actions and words will affect others.
  123. Do your best.
  124. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
  125. I want to be like my Dad.
  126. A picture is worth a thousand words.
  127. Free is good.
  128. To teach is to touch a life forever.
  129. Knowledge is meant to be shared.
  130. Life is filled with blessings, if you take the time to stop and count them.
  131. “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
  132. Do all the good you can, as often as you can, for as many people as you can; and strive to do no harm at all.
  133. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.


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