14 Prayers

Tomorrow dawns the celebration of a new year for you, our oldest child.  While this year is certain to hold plenty of things new for you from clothes sizes to high school to the thoughts of driver’s education, as parents our prayers for you increase accordingly every year.

14 Prayers for our 14-year-oldgavyn14-2

  1.  Fail small and fail early – These are the words we heard from a christian film maker last year and they have stuck with me.  It sounds like a strange prayer, but praying that you never meet failure is both unreasonable and unhealthy. With more freedom comes more opportunities to fail and we pray that these failures come early in life while we are able to walk them with you and on a much smaller scale the potential failures in your future.
  2. Lead like Jesus – God put you in the position of oldest child in this family for a reason.  He knew you would have those leadership qualities for the job.  We pray that he continues to help refine those qualities so that you will be the gentle, loving model that he intends you to be.
  3. See the importance of relationships and seek the healthy ones – God made us social beings, we need relationships.  We pray for guidance as you navigate the sometimes difficult slopes of friendships.
  4. Always be a hard worker – While you are one of the hardest working teens I know, distractions will come one day one way or another.  Hard work is a gift and should be looked at as one, keep your focus, work hard.
  5. Learn from others – As you know by now your education comes in so many different forms and there are so many people around you to learn from.  Be a sponge and soak up as many skills as you can.  Be careful though about the people who you let shape your worldview.  Learn to spot the difference between these different people and glean only what you should from them.
  6. Be a light – Don’t separate your faith from your everyday life.  These things should and must overlap.  Live a transparent life, be a light.  Always give the glory to Him.
  7. Love well – Don’t be afraid to tell people how important they are to you. Don’t let your age stop you from giving that hug you would have given five years ago.  Let others know that you appreciate and value them, even the people that you think should know these things still need to hear it from you.
  8. Have Biblical standards – The world and media are telling you what it is to be a man.  Everyone has their own definition.  Don’t look to these unhealthy stereotypes.  Seek after what God has for you and who He wants you to be.
  9. Compassion – God has placed in you a dedication and a heart to work. We pray that you continue to seek out ways to join that gift with the compassion God has given you.
  10. Strong sense of responsibility – Don’t be afraid to step up and take ownership of mistakes, learn from them, and move on.  You will be better for it and more respected as someone who does not fear to step up and lead.
  11. Grow closer to the Lord – Read your Bible, not just reading the words on the page, truly taking the time to let the words and meaning fill your heart. Lean on the Lord for guidance for future decisions.
  12. Guard your heart – Don’t let temptation and worldly lusts get the best of you.
  13. Step out of your comfort zone – Seek out opportunities that give you that feeling of uneasiness, make your knees a little weak or give you butterflies in your stomach.
  14. Don’t take those God has placed in your life for granted – In a time when the stereotypical teenager wants to pull away and be alone, spend time with your siblings and family.  Show them love, treat them like kings and queens, lift them up and above all spend time with them.

Happy Birthday, we love you!

Dad & Mom

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