As of recent my oldest has gotten into 3 of the coolest conversations with some of the employees at our local Trader Joe’s. He’s talked to them about tornadoes, sharks, and conserving honey bees. I’ve stood there each and every time amazed at just how much he knows and how confident he is in that.
There’s a lot of pressure out there to play sports and be into superheroes and star wars and so on aka the norm. As parents we realized early on that he was simply not going to fit into that mold, and so far it’s been the case. God made him so unique and Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand. I am not perfect and there are times my flesh is weak and I allow worry to infiltrate my mind and heart wondering what he’ll experience in school because of this, but I am a woman after God’s own heart and with that comes a dependability and faith in the power of prayer. I lift all of my children in prayer asking that He protect them and that they be a light in this world that is inevitable to anyone who meets them. God has blessed him with good and loving friends so far, and for that I am grateful.
I’ll often remind my son, “You’re going to do big things in life. Always make sure you pray about it and that it’s for the glory of God.” And at his young age of 9 he completely understands and trusts that God does have plans for him – plans to prosper him and not harm him (Jeremiah 29:11) He hopes that his plans of being a storm chaser align with God’s will. Haha. Although we do encourage him to try different things (there may be some golf, tennis, and/or even flag football lessons that he’s open to) I am happy that with God at the forefront we’ve created an environment and a parenting style that has aided in his growing personality.
The last conversation he had ended with some words that had my son smiling from ear and ear, that had him agree with a simple nod and a thumbs up: “Don’t lose your passion kid.” God knew my oldest before He formed him in my womb (Jeremiah 1:4-5) and as a parent I have to trust that more than what the world’s expectations are of him.