Yesterday I wrote a letter to my 6 year old granddaughter Sophia. It came after watching her and her sister, Jocelyn who is 2 years old, playing with a favorite toy.
Today here is my letter to Jocelyn:
You are the second born also, in many ways. Second child. Second daughter. Second granddaughter. You came into this world definitely with a more subdued personality. Gentler. Quieter. But you are making up for that big time 🙂
They say second born children are peacemakers, flexible, and followers by nature. You are breaking the mold as well!
Sure you follow the example of your older sister – you find her totally engaging. But you, baby girl, only follow to a point. You take it all in and then you want to do your own thing. Nothing seems to deter you from wanting to do what you want to do.
I watched the next day as you played with the duck. You imitated Sophia, for you had taken in all you needed to know about the varied instruments. But you marched where you wanted to march and did not go the same foot path as your sister.
You possess an amazing ability to love on people. You notice who is in the room with an enthusiasm that will steal any heart.
Jocelyn, you play with abandon – throwing yourself into whatever you are doing. And throwing yourself down as well. I love watching you fall back into the grass out in the yard, arms open wide to look up and embrace the sky.
You don’t give up. Even when you see a plane flying overhead, you keep jumping up as if to reach it. You never take the fact that it is unreachable for an answer.
And so sweet girl, instead of a follower may you always remain teachable. Learning from others and then – be you. More so than learning from others, may you remain willing to be taught by God and His Word. May your heart stay soft, ready for Him to mold.
May your desire to do things your way only be tempered by a desire to do things His way. May you always seek for His directions and then obey without hesitation. When others tell you to give up, may you not take “no” for an answer but remember that nothing is impossible or unreachable with our God.
May your heart always remain big enough to love all people. May you hold onto the ability to notice those around you and become a champion for the needy and lonely. May they know they have been seen by Christ through you.
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-39, NLT)
And may you always, always follow after our Lord and never look back!
I love you more!