Wednesday, February 1, 2012

dear landon

Dear Landon,

I’m not sure I fully understood the magnitude of what I was going to experience when your daddy and I decided we were ready to be parents. You entered this world, and my heart was forever altered. I stare at you sometimes and just want to memorize every detail of your sweet self. Those teeny hands that curl up into fists when you are nursing, that precious hair swirl that is slowly disappearing each day as you lose your hair, those teeny ears, and silly grin that I love more than anything. I look at you and wonder, how in the world did God choose me to be your mommy? What an honor, what a calling, what a challenge. I imagine Mary was overwhelmed when she looked down at her infant son in much the same way. I look at you, trying to put myself in her shoes, looking down at the child that would save the world, and I cannot imagine the emotion she felt as she held the Son of God in her arms. Right now you are so tiny and innocent, and I would love to be able to keep you like that forever, free from the heartache and hardships that life will ultimately bring you. But since I cannot, I want you to know a few things before you take this world on.

You will encounter so many people in this world that will try to tear you down and tell you that faith is not important, but I want you to remember that they are wrong. Sadly our society puts more emphasis on material things, status, and fame. But Landon, hear me when I say that those things are. not. important. Your character is what is important, your heart is so very important, and the way you love others is important. So when those people tell you you are crazy for loving God, you tell them they’re crazy not to.

I want you to live. Live life as fully as you can (John 10:10). I want you to take every crazy opportunity you can to see the world around you and experience life. Stay up late and see the stars, swim the ocean, hike mountains. Do it all sweet boy, but appreciate those opportunities, let them effect you to your core and alter how you live your life. Take it all in, and in turn praise God for it all.  Landon, always remember how lucky you are, and never take that for granted.

I want you to LOVE. Love God, Love your friends, love your family, and one day, find a girl, and love her like you’ve never loved before. Become a husband that cares for his family, provides for his family, and grows his family in a home rooted in the love of the Father. Love others. You will meet so many different people in your life, that have all experienced different paths in life…love them all regardless of what their story may be. Never judge someone because of the way they live, but love them through it. You may be the only love they ever experience.

There will inevitably be hard times in your life that I cannot protect you from. Whatever they may be, never question that God is right there holding your hand, walking you through it all. He never leaves, and is always faithful, no matter how hard it may be to see it at the time. Trust Him in everything, He will always provide exactly what you need, when you need it, just be patient.

Which brings me to my next point. Be patient. This is something I struggle with, often in life we are so focused on where we are going or what we are trying to accomplish that we miss what is happening right around us. Be patient with life, everything will happen according to God’s great plan for you. Everything will happen in His timing, not our own. So sit back, and enjoy the ride. Don’t’ be so focused on the future that you miss out on the present. Be present in each and every moment that you can, you will be a better person for it.

Dream. Dream as  big as you possibly can. You can do anything in this world that you can imagine, don’t let anyone tell you differently. But don’t expect your dreams to happen overnight, or just fall into your lap. You have to work hard and have faith that God is on your side. It will happen, baby. 

Give of yourself whenever you can. Give to those less fortunate, and give to those that already seem to have it all. I know you probably think that sounds crazy and are thinking your mom has lost her mind, but hear me out. Give, because everything you have is not yours to begin with. It is all from the Lord, everything you have is from Him. So be a giving person, bless those around you, and in turn, God will bless you.

I pray for you, Landon, that you become man of integrity and faith. A man that knows the God as his Savior. A man that lives, dreams, loves, and walks with God daily. I cannot wait to see the plans God has for you, and how he uses you to further His kingdom. I have no doubt that you will do incredible things in your life. I am so blessed by you in my life, you have given me the greatest gift ever, the gift of motherhood. No matter what happens in life, remember that your daddy and I love you more than you will ever know.

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