On this day, cinnamon rolls will be baked.
On this day, a pumpkin pie will be made.
On this day, gifts will be unwrapped.
On this day, a young man will be celebrated.
For on this day, our first born son, Micah, will observe his 17th birthday!
Micah will tell you that it’s not that big a deal – taking after his dad, I think. In fact, Micah’s day will be spent working at his part-time job for a good portion of the day. Later, he will give a 15-20 minute message to his youth group at church. When Micah returns home, he will hit the books to study for his Spanish 3 quiz. And towards the end of the day, this is when we’ll bring out the pumpkin pie and presents for an intimate birthday time as a family.
It sounds good to me.
This past year, Micah chose an introspective path that required him to dig into his heart and his soul and evaluate where he was in life. It wasn’t an easy year. However, he unearthed some significant stuff – and has become more aware of his identity and what makes Micah who he is! As Micah embarks on a new year, John and I see that our son is more mature, steadier, stronger, and more reflective in his matters of the heart and with his decisions and choices. One family value we see Micah incorporating as he evaluates the opportunities he is offered is “Be Wise.” He asks himself, “What is the wise thing to do?”
Even yesterday, Micah voiced this question as he contemplated his year and the opportunities that are ahead of him. There are so many incredible options available to Micah – just not enough time to do them all. It’s a good dilemma to have in life, right?
For today, though, there will be work. There will be an opportunity to encourage. There will be time to study. And there will be a celebration. And that is enough.
In closing, I want to share with Micah (and you) a quote from one of his heroes, Eric Liddell. Micah, this is my prayer for you as you launch into year #17:
Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions. Learn in the days of ease and comfort, to think in terms of the prayer that follows, so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them.
Father, I pray that no circumstance however bitter or however long drawn out, may cause me to break Thy law, the Law of Love to Thee and to my neighbor. That may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hate, or become embittered by life’s experiences, but that in and through all I may see Thy guiding hand and have a heart full of gratitude for Thy daily mercy, daily love, daily power, and daily presence. Help me in the day when I need it most to remember that:
All things work together for good to them that love the Lord.
I can do all things through Him that strengthened me.
My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
‘Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen.’
Micah, your dad and I love you and we continue to be so very proud of you!
Happy 17th Birthday, Micah! May this year be the best yet!