With Elijah getting ready to start preschool next week (are you KIDDING me? He was JUST born), I've been reflecting a lot on his little life and thinking about how proud I am of him. The last few months, I have seen so much growth and development in his behavior and character. He has such a tender heart. When he hurts someone, either physically or emotionally, he is quick to say he's sorry and I really believe he means it. He's very inclusive of other children and is quick to engage just about anyone he comes in contact with. He has an incredibly active imagination and his sounds effect could rival any person's I've ever heard (seriously, yesterday we had him doing helicopter, airplane, car, train, and bike and they were incredible...and hilarious!)! He is witty and has a really good sense of humor for a 3 year old. He is kind and gentle to his baby sister. He is loving and affectionate to his mom and dad. He is honestly a delight to our hearts.
I was struck today, though, when I was thinking about all of his wonderful characteristics, about how none of his good behavior and positive character traits will mean anything if they aren't used for the Kingdom of God. None of his kind gestures will matter if he doesn't recognize that he is a sinner and in need of a Savior. It's a tough reality to grasp...MY son is depraved. MY son needs Jesus or he will have no hope. I have earnestly prayed for his Salvation. He is curious about God and about Jesus and he is interested in Scripture. I'm thankful to the Lord for stirring Elijah's curiousity about Spiritual things. Lord, save him. May he know deep down in his heart that he has a real need for you in his life. May he come to accept your grace at an early age. May I constantly and unreservedly point him to you. Thank you, Lord, for loving him so perfectly!