HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Ron Clauson, a farmer from Rochester, reflected on his past during a harvest celebration at Huntington University.

“When I’m sitting in the combine I listen to Christian radio,” he said. “There’s a song called Dear Younger Me by Mercy Me.

“In that song, he writes a letter to himself when he was younger. So I thought — if I wrote a letter, what would I tell myself? What would be important to me? I came up with five things.”

1. Don’t quit piano lessons.

“When I was a kid my mom played piano. She made us take lessons, and I hated them. I wanted to play football instead. But now, every Sunday morning when I go to church, I wish I could play piano.”

2. Mom and dad are smarter than you think they are.

“Someday you’ll realize that mom and dad are really smart. I’d challenge students to use that and embrace that. Not to be ashamed. But to embrace it and use their wisdom.”

3. The most important things in life aren’t things.

“When you’re young and life is ahead of you, you think you need to buy or have things. Everything in life has an end. You can buy everything in the world and it won’t lead to happiness.”

4. Have more kids.

“I had two kids, and the best memories of my life were with them and my grandkids. I would tell myself to have more.”

5. Love the Lord God with all of your heart and make him the center of your life.

“If I fail in anything, I can’t fail in that. It’s the most important thing we can do in life, to love God and keep him in the center of everything we do.”

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 317-726-5391, ext. 4, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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