My Dearest Little Andrew,
Today, you were out riding your tricycle and having so much fun. I remember when you got your tricycle earlier in the year for your third birthday. You were so excited to learn how to ride it.
Drew, you were so cute. You would fall off but you would not get discouraged but would brush yourself off and get right back on and try again. By the end of your first week, you had mastered riding and you were so proud of your accomplishment. Yet, there wasn’t a place on either leg that didn’t have a bruise or a band-aid.
Son, in life there will be many things you will have to learn. Hopefully, you will tackle these learning experiences with the same determination that you had in learning to ride your tricycle. There will be bruises, cuts, and obstacles. As these bruises, obstacles, and cuts come along in learning remember to keep your eyes on the goal before you. Life is about trying and keeping the right determination to fulfill your calling by God. Always keep Christ in your heart and listen to the voice of God. Whatever you do, don’t ever give up!
Andrew, I give you this advice because I love you. I am proud of you. God has a special plan for your life.
(Letter originally written May 6, 1990)
There are times in life when we are striving to reach our goal/our calling. Yet, the bruises, cuts and obstacles come our way. It is so easy to want to throw our hands up in the air and just give up. However, if we keep Christ in our heart, keep our eyes opened to God working and walking with us, the obstacles won’t be as bad as we think. Remember, it is the obstacles in the trying and living life where God is carving us into more of his likeness. Life comes with challenges. God carving us into His likeness. How beautiful!!
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. “
“Yet you LORD, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are the work of your hand.”
I encourage you to take time to reflect on these scriptures. Have you experienced cuts, bruises and obstacles in achieving your goal/calling in life? Give thanks to God for these experiences and acknowledge He is at work in carving you into something beautiful. Journal your thoughts on the scripture and ask God to help you stay focused on the prize before you.