You were born to be a WORLD CHANGER . . . starting with mine.
12 years ago today, my world changed when you were born.
9 years ago today, my world changed when your grandmother passed. All on the same day. At that point, my world shattered and it felt like I no longer had a reason to live.
My mother was my world.
She passed on your third birthday.
She was gone on your third birthday.
Nothing else really mattered.
I was pissed.
I was angry!
I was mad!
I bartered with God.
I swear (even though I don’t swear)!
I promised to go to church, pay my tithes, spread the Gospel and do whatever it would take to keep my mother here . . . but it didn’t work.
She died on September 22, 2008.
On September 22, 2008 you had just turned three and my mother died.
Yup. She died.
I was empty.
Then I thought about you.
Surely, quitting wasn’t an option.
You meant the world to me too. My bright eyed, chubby cheeked baby boy.
I didn’t realize how my love could be evenly/unevenly distributed.
Little did I know, God had a plan.
You gave me a reason to live.
You gave me a reason to smile.
You gave me a reason to believe.
When I thought nothing mattered, I remembered you.
My son. . .You were something special.
YOU CHANGED MY WORLD.
You were special enough to remind me that my life had purpose.
Tragedy is always tragedy in the moment.
Because of you, I am constantly reminded that this too shall pass.
Because of you I didn’t quit.
So, because of you, every day I promise to never give up.
Every day I promise to always go the extra mile.
Son, I challenge you to always be bold.
Son, I challenge you to always believe in yourself.
Son, I challenge you to always be strong.
Son, it’s ok to make mistakes. When you fall, get back up again!
Keep trying, no matter what!
I will always be there for you.
Son, your life has meaning.
Son, your life has purpose.
Son, you are chosen (1 Peter 2:9).
Son, it’s ok to never to fit in. YOU ARE DIFFERENT!
Son, you are set apart (Duet 14:12).
Son, you are a king (1 Peter 2:9).
You are god over the earth.
The world is yours!
Son, never follow the trend!
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!
Remember, YOU SET THE TRENDS!
Son, I challenge you to smile through the pain.
Be watchful (1 Cor. 16:13).
Stand firm (1 Cor. 16:13).
Ask and you shall receive (Mark 11:23-24).
YOU WERE CALLED (Deuteronomy 7:6)!
You were called with PURPOSE!
You were created for good (Ephesian 2:10)!
Son, I challenge you to continue to be light in the midst of darkness (John 12:36).
You are LOVED.
LOVED by me.
Son, I challenge you to be LOVE.
You are LOVE.
SON, YOU ARE A WORLD CHANGER.
Thank you for being a WORLD CHANGER.
I know, because YOU CHANGED MY WORLD first.
Love Always & Forever
An open letter to my son on his twelfth birthday as a reminder that he is a WORLD CHANGER. Happy Birthday! ~SHE