This young man turned 14 today. What a wonderful gift of God he's been to his mother and to me. As his name is, so he is. "Yahweh has given." "Gift of God." "Jonathan."
It's a joy to see him grow in Christ as he grows in stature. At the rate he's growing, by this time next year he's probably going to dwarf me in stature. And I pray that he outgrows me spiritually as well. God has begun a good work in him. I'm usually humbled by his patient wisdom whenever I'm being impatiently foolish.
Jonathan, my prayer for you on this birthday is that you'll continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. 2 Peter 3.18.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
... from Psalm 119