Monday, March 17, 2008

Growing and Changing

Yesterday, was our youngest son's twenty-first birthday. He is a student at Columbia College studying forensic science. He was not able to come home on his birthday, so we are celebrating it today. I will be taking him to lunch in about an hour. Josh was born 10 years after his older brothers, James and Joe. They were eleven months apart. (Bettie Jo and I did not know much about family planning.) Bettie Jo and talked yesterday about how incredible it seems for Josh to be turning 21. He is a senior in college and at Christmas he gave Sabrina an engagement ring. Bettie Jo's baby boy is a young man. I think he is a good kid, but he is growing up. Actually, he is doing exactly what we wanted him to do. He is maturing and growing. We also had our grandchildren with us this weekend, Katarina and Ben. They are five and three years old. Bettie Jo took them to mall and the ran into the Easter Bunny. They are growing and changing almost every day. Change is a part of life. In fact, it is a part of God's plan. He wants us to grow and change. He wants to shape our lives. Parents and grandparents sometimes help to shape the lives of their children and grandchildren. Hopefully, we do it in positive ways. God is always seeking to use His Spirit and the everyday experiences of our lives to shape us into the people he wants us to be. Sometimes the process is pleasant, and sometimes it is difficult, but it is a part of his plan. Watching our children and grandchildren grow up is a great reminder that God is not through shaping our lives either.

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