A Man of Letters

In the 17th and 18th Centuries, being a Man of Letters meant something. Being a Man of Letters distinguished a man as being educated and literate in a world that was only beginning to enter the Age of Enlightenment. Perhaps it meant you were ahead of the curve.

It was a term of intelligence and commitment and a pursuit of education.

All things that I would like for my boys.

But I want so much more than that for them, too.

I want them to be Men of Honor.  I want them to be Men of Integrity.  Men of Truth, and Courage, and even Men Among Men.

Above all, I want them to be Men of God.

And so to hopefully encourage them or guide them or just simply to remind them, these are my letters for them.

The Measure of a Man

Not - How did he die? But - How did he live?
Not - What did he gain? But - What did he give?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not - What was his station? But - Had he a heart?
And - How did he play his God-given part?

Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not - What was his church? Not - What was his creed?
But - Hade he befriended those really in need?

Not - What did the skitch in the newspaper say?
But - How many were sorry when he passed away?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Author Anonymous