Thursday, October 30, 2014
On Eighth Birthdays And The Stuff Of World Changers
Well, today you turned eight years old and on birthdays we mommas remember. We go back to that day when we first laid eyes on our babies and remember how our world changed.
You changed our world for the better with your handsome smile and belly laughter and unbridled enthusiasm. With your ability to keep us laughing and all your curious questions and your deep sensitivity to the heart of God and compassion for others.
There is a light in you, Trevor! You have given your heart and life to Jesus. I believe you have a God given destiny and purpose, that you will grow up to be a man who will in some way have changed his world for Jesus Christ.
I believe you are a world changer.
When you were just a little guy, the two of us had this thing we did. After teeth were brushed and bedtime prayers were said and lights were turned out, you would scoot over in your bed to make room for momma and say in that small voice that couldn't quite get all the right sounds out, "Wet's talk about fings!"
So talk about things we would!
I would ask you question after question. No matter that you had answered the same questions the night before! I would ask about your favorite color, your favorite food, your favorite Bible story, your favorite song. Some of the answers remained the same and others varied over time, but these bedtime conversations gave me such insight into who you were. You would always delight at the chance to be known and heard (not to mention stay up a few minutes later).
Over time, early school mornings made for less lingering at bedtime and those particular conversations now happen more infrequently. But every once in a while I'll still crawl in next to you and your Florida Gator pillow pet and hear about all your favorites.
The other night you were sick and as I kept late night watch to see if the fever stayed down, out of the dark I heard your voice, now more mature..."Let's talk about things!" So talk we did.
You still like blue and you still like doughnuts though you were craving nachos (with a fever?) and your current favorite song is "We Believe" (which I love hearing you sing word for word from the backseat) and right now your new favorite Bible character is Paul.
Oh really, why is that?
"Because," you answered, "even though he was shipwrecked and thrown into jail,
he still held on."
I caught my breath. Yes, son, he did. Because you see, that's the thing about world changers. That's the thing about the Pauls and the Nehemiahs and the Noahs and the Josephs and the Johns and the Daniels and the Trevors of this life.
When the world around them seems to be spiraling out of control, when they face obstacles and opposition, when others sell out and let go, they hold on. They hold on to the promises of God, they hold unwaveringly to the Word of God, they hold tightly to the heart of God.
I believe great things for you, Trevor, because I believe in a great God who is alive in your heart and life! I believe you can grow to be a mighty man of God and serve Him all the days of your life! I see this desire in your heart. We pray for this as a family each night at bedtime. We pray believing.
So hold on, my son.
Today and as you grow, hold onto God and the things of God.
You see, He is already holding onto you! He loves you so very deeply.
And so does Momma.
Happy Birthday, Trevor! Thank you for changing my world.