20 years ago this week, you popped out into the world, and you haven’t stopped amazing me.
I remember Dad being so sick that last trimester before you were born. I thought he might die; but I couldn’t think about that. I had you to think and take care of inside me. I remember a friend praying over you and me and just giggling as soon as she touched my belly. She said, “I don’t know if you realize it or not, but this baby is FULL of God’s JOY!!” She went on to say that she believed you had the heart of ‘Timothy’ from the Bible. She didn’t know that we had picked out ‘Timothy’ as your middle name. I remember the Alabama years and your lispy, nasally twang that is long-forgotten by everyone but me. I remember the time you rode Jon’s much smaller bike around the BMX track and looked like a professional as you flew into the air … until gravity slammed you into the ground. Thank God, no bones broke, and we got to watch Fear Factor for the first time as I snuggled you. I remember soccer, hurdles and relays. I remember experiments, breakfasts and errands. I remember conversations, late-night papers and movie nights. I remember you.
So, this week, as you end your teen years and enter your 20s, I think about how much you’ve grown and matured through the years. I’m so proud you are my son–my eldest son. You’ve never lost the joy, the piece of God, that He put in you. You’ve never lost your sense of adventure and curiosity. I hope you never do. You are one of the bravest people I’ve met and one of the most secure in who you are and who God created you to be! I love it that you’ve cliff-dived, challenged yourself with new hobbies like unicycling and learning to play the saw, travelled to various places in Colorado just for the adventure. You still make me smile and bring me joy.
My prayer for you (and all in your generation) is that you will continue to find yourself in Christ. Continue to see the world through His eyes. Continue to live with His ABUNDANT LIFE in pure abandoned joy. My prayer is that you and others will see God’s grace, love, hope and faith as you journey toward the prize in Jesus. I pray for you, my treasured child, that what you have to offer the Body of Christ, people will embrace with gratitude.
So I celebrate you and give you this blessing for your life. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! May it be filled with adventure and joy!!
Love you, Sug–mama
My prayer for all of us is that we encourage and validate this next generation as they go out to change their world!