To my second born, grandson, Joshua –
There are a million things I could write about all your funny sayings, your accomplishments, your personality, but I’d like to focus this letter on who you are today and who you will become some day. Your parents have seen to it that you’ve been educated in God’s Word and they have shown you, by example, what being a Christian requires. Through that training, know that God has a plan for your life – that He loves you unconditionally – that He wants you to succeed – that He has rescued you from the pangs of sin – that with Him you have eternal life assured.
We always dream that our children will follow the straight path, but there will be diversions along the way. Because of your strong faith, I believe you will follow that path, but be prepared for life in the unsheltered world, as you enter the next step of your development. There will be temptations, questions, doubts, all sorts of mixed messages, but I believe you’re prepared to take on those things.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13
In your career as a student, you’ve excelled. In your ability to make friends, you shine. In your kindness and concern for others, you sparkle. The gifts you have will continue to serve both God and man in the future. We’ve been blessed to see your creative side, your humorous side and your intellectual side and I’d say you have it pretty much together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen your rebellious side.
God will never leave you, Josh, as long as you put your faith in Him and His direction. You can count on it. His Word is truth and you’ve been blessed to have had it at the center of your life from day one.
We treasure the times we’ve had with you and the opportunities to watch you grow from a silly little boy to a fine, upstanding, young man. We will never forget those wonderful memories and look forward to seeing what happens to you in the future.
As you graduate from one learning institution and push on to the next, remember that within you lies the courage of a lion, the mind of an Einstein, the love and compassion of a saint and the power of the Lord, God. With Him everything is possible!
Congratulations on your big day!