This year, we have a kid coming home for Christmas.
It’s a first for us.
We’ve been living life without Kid #1 in our day-to-day life for almost five months. It’s crazy that it’s only been five months, when it actually feels like F O R E V E R !!!!
The distance between us all changes in just two days when kid #1 returns home from Australia for a two-and-a-half-week holiday with us in South Africa.
Are we excited?
Are we looking forward to his return?
Are we anticipating what it will be like to have kid #1 back with us again?
Are you kidding me?
Of course, we are – and then some!
We’ve cleaned and dusted Kid #1’s room.
We’ve deposited a few welcome home gifts inside his bedroom – Shhhhh, don’t tell!
And we’re already thinking about and making plans for what kind of family memories to create when Kid #1 makes us an all-together family of five again!
The next two-and-a-half weeks are going to fly!
We want to savor each moment – knowing that this particular time will not come around again.
Sure, our family will be together in the future. There’s no doubt about that. However, Kid #1 is growing up. He’s maturing. He’s experiencing a different part of the world in new, life-impacting ways and seeing how His Lord is at work there – in him and in others.
New dreams are birthing in our son.
New adventures are dawning.
New opportunities are advancing toward him – in earnest.
New destinations are catching his interest.
New inspirations are igniting in his heart and soul.
In the midst of all this amazing growth, development, and opportunity, I have one, huge, whopping Christmas ornament I plan to give my son this year.
My prayer for Micah, our Kid #1, is that he grows in discernment, in wisdom and in revelation that comes from the Holy Spirit as the adventures, opportunities, inspirations, and destinations arise. So much is ahead for this kid. He’s going to need the God-given gifts of discernment, wisdom and revelation to help him determine the way forward with the people, the places, and the opportunities that come.
The gift of discernment will give Micah an understanding of what is right and wrong, good and evil, and a godly understanding of different life situations, knowing when to speak and when to keep quiet.
The gift of wisdom will give Micah the desire to seek the will of the Lord for his life, seek out wise counsel, and seek out guidance from God’s word.
The gift of revelation will give Micah a passion to know and love Jesus Christ more and more. Micah will seek out God’s plan and purpose for his life.
Yet, it’s not only knowledge and education of these incredible gifts that I desire for my son. I want Micah to be guided by the love, truth, and grace of the Lord as well.
This world is getting pretty crazy, isn’t it? Many people seem to have their own ideas and their own truths about the way this world should be spinning – how fast or slow, how vertical or horizontal, how it should whirl or twirl, or even rotate or revolve. With so many different worldviews, Micah will need the Lord’s gifts of discernment, wisdom, revelation, truth and love, for every ounce of his decision-making heart, mind and soul power and ability in the days, months, and years ahead.
Actually, all of our kids will.
Thus, my heart’s prayer for my son (and all of our kids) is this affirming exhortation:
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
New International Version, Proverbs 3: 21 – 24
Discernment, wisdom, and revelation are the ornaments I will be praying into my son’s life this Christmas, into the New Year, and beyond.
In the meantime, I’m going to hug and love on my Kid #1 for the next two-and-a-half weeks and make some fabulous memories with our family of five this Christmas!
I can’t wait!