Today is my son JT's birthday! As I have been thinking about his birthday, I reflected back at a blog post I wrote about him several months ago. This was a list of several reasons why I love him so much (read it HERE). Today JT turns 9 years old. I just can't believe he is getting so old. I feel like it was just yesterday that he was born. But as I have been thinking about him and his birthday, I have come up with a few other things that I have noticed recently about him as he continues to grow into a young man.
First, his heart is as soft to the things of God as it has ever been. I pray for him today (really, everyday) that he would never lose that sensitivity. I can't believe how easy it is to lose. I can't believe how easy it is to fake the Christian life. I can't believe how easy it is to do things for Jesus because we are suppose to do them instead of a heart to do them. I am praying that as he continues to grow more and more, learn more and more about Jesus and the gospel, that his heart for Christ would continue to be sensitive to the Savior. Last week, he won The Outstanding Student award at his school. He was the only one chosen from his class. Yes, he is really smart, but more than that. He is kind. He is a helper and really cares about the needs of others. That is because he has such a soft heart for the things of God. (Oh, by the way, Anni won the award for her kindergarden class; the Bergmeier's rocked Jordak Elementary).
30 Days To Understanding the Bible by Max Anders. I have gone through this book with Karsten and thought that it was time for JT as well. He loves it. It is a workbook that takes a person through the major time periods, characters, locations, and concepts of the Bible. It really helps put order and structure to the Bible by pulling it all together. It is designed to be about 15 minutes a day for 30 days. The other day, he forgot to do it and was distraught because he wanted to get it done in 30 days. I know Monday morning, he did two lessons. The cool thing is that I have hardly had to remind him to do it, he just gets up each morning and does it! And then we have taken some time to talk about it.
Third, he would rather give than get. Now, look, he is a 9-year old boy. So, for sure, he enjoys presents and getting things. But two scenarios have come up that make me say what I have said. The other day out of the nowhere, he asked if we could take all his money he has in the bank and just give it to the church building fund. How do we respond to that as a parent? Tough one! When thinking about his birthday presents, we asked him this question: "Would you rather get a lot of presents for yourself or do things as a family?" Guess what he chose? He would rather not get many presents but do things as a family. He wants everyone to be involved with his birthday (although if we were offering an IPod Touch or something like that, he might have changed his mind).
I love that he loves to sit in my lap. I love that he loves to talk to me. I love that he loves to do things with me. I just pray that will not change. Let me end with just a few pictures that I have taken recently of my little guy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!
WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!