W1, I noticed at just a few weeks of age how strong your will was. I noticed that you would be determined to pursue your goals.
I knew then that God has special plans for your life!
W1, I saw how you held your little brother’s hand and patiently matched your steps to his to help him walk.
I noticed how you watched out for your sister when she played outside.
I noticed how you mopped my floors even when I didn’t ask.
I noticed how you wrote sweet notes of apology when you did wrong.
I noticed how you spent time, reading in your Bible.
I noticed how you said that you were proud of your faith.
I noticed how you practiced running and jumping so you could do well on Field Day at school.
I noticed how disappointed you were when you struggled with your grades this year.
I noticed how you studied for hours to try to learn your memory verses, states, math facts, and other school facts.
I noticed how you defended a friend on the playground who was being bullied.
I noticed how you cooked three suppers for me in a week so I could have a break.
I noticed how you mowed the grass on a hot, blistery day after a tiring day at school.
I noticed how you shoveled sidewalks for neighbors.
I noticed how you offered to help new neighbors move in and offered to mow their grass.
I noticed when you expressed interest in being baptized.
I noticed your look of embarrassment and disappointment for getting a merit award today because you had hoped instead to get the honor award for better grades. No one else knew, but I did. My heart broke just a bit when I knew how hard you had worked and how much you wanted to improve your grades.
I noticed when you hated yourself because you felt helpless to control your anger. Oh, how I wanted to help you to see, precious one, that you are a winner. And only the winners are those who learn that winning is when we get back up again and complete the race.
I noticed when tears spilled down your cheeks because of mean and hateful words that kids said to you on the bus, in the hallways, and on the playground at school. How I ached to remove those lies from marring your soul.
Son, what you didn’t see, but what I noticed was how God is not finished with you. How God uses those hurts and challenges in life to help you to look to Him as your Source of affirmation.
Son, I noticed that you are a winner! God doesn’t make mistakes. God doesn’t make weak men. God doesn’t make inferior people. God makes sons to reflect Himself. He makes sons to run to Abba-Father (Daddy) so that they can become the men God created them to be.
Yes, son, I noticed that God is making you into a beautiful reflection of Himself.