You were 10 when you became part of our family. Your quiet, fun nature was a joy to be around. I’m not sure if you remember this Christmas, being bombarded by cousins and younger siblings. I think you were 13 in the picture below. The age to be “cool”. To find a spot to tune out everyone and play video games on your phone. Instead you made a point of playing and wrestling with them.
Now years later, you’ve traded in holidays surrounded by family for the demands of college and sports. Still having fun, doing something you love, but I’m sure with a little bit of sadness.
Life is full of challenges and changes. Knowing you will face so many unknowns and demands on you as a young man, the verse that came to mind for you this year is …
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
You know what it is to run like the win as you go for the ball. You’ve had the high moments of a great play. A win. But I’m sure you’ve experienced your share of disappointments, in your sport, and in life. I imagine there are times when you are tired, or frustrated and discouraged as well.
When those days, moments, and times hit, remember the excitement and strength you have as you move down the field to make a play. Remember your days with family and the fun and warmth you found wrapped in your family’s love. They will help carry you through. Your gifts, talents, interests and abilities are God-given. He will give you the strength as you play, study, make difficult decisions and move forward in life.
So as you celebrate your birthday, take joy in knowing you are God’s and He has His hand on your life and He’ll give you the strength, courage and guidance in this coming year.
Have a great birthday this week Bryce and remember we love you. Greg and Jackie