AN OPEN LETTER TO MY SON ON HIS 12TH BIRTHDAY

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. 
My world. 

It shattered.

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
Mom


An open letter to my son on his twelfth birthday as a reminder that he is a WORLD CHANGER. Happy Birthday! ~SHE