Happy Birthday, Aidan!
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7, KJV)
It is with great joy that we celebrate your 14th birthday! You are a great blessing from the Lord and we are very grateful that God has given you as a gift to us! As your parents, we are committed to training you for your future, which includes your future as a committed husband and godly father, your future as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ contributing to the growth and life of the church body, and your future as a disciple-maker of nations.
Birthdays are a great time to look back and to look ahead. As we look back, we are filled with gratitude for you. Our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness for your life, as well as your growth and development these past 14 years (plus 9 months as an unborn baby!). The growth that we have seen is not just physical, but also spiritual and we pray that you will continue and accelerate along the path of growing in Christ-like character. As we look ahead, we have great hope for you. We know that God has a plan and a purpose for your life and He has prepared you for good works in advance of you accomplishing them (Ephesians 2:10). We are excited to be contemplating the future knowing that we serve a great and mighty God who will use you mightily in His kingdom work if you will be humble before Him in all that you do.
As you turn 14, you are growing into manhood and as a man, you need to have wisdom and understanding. The Bible teaches us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and that knowledge of the holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). May you be seeking to be a man whose ONLY fear is the fear of the Lord and may you know that which is holy (including the perfect Word of God) so that you will have understanding.
Aidan, the foundation of faith in Christ will serve you well for a lifetime and we pray that you will be building on this foundation in the days that are to come. This building happens day-by-day and decision-by-decision. Do not allow yourself to follow a path of ease and comfort, but seek to do the hard things of standing up for what is right even against opposition and persecution. As you seek wisdom, gain understanding, and live by what the Lord teaches you, you will know God’s blessings!
Happy birthday, son! We love you dearly!
Dad and Mom