So You’re Sixteen

This day 16 years ago, my babiest sister was born. She was born into a hard time. She never got to meet her oldest sister. The family she came into was full of grief, but there she was anyway. Rebecca Joy. Back then I was just mad because no one else had to share their birthday month with anyone, but now it’s an honor to share February with her. There is so much I love about her and so much I hope for her. I love her tender heart. Even though people tease her for crying during basically any movie, I see compassion. She is incredibly kind. She is smart and creative. She is one of the most humble people I know. Her laugh ranks among the best. She is beautiful inside and out, and she isn’t afraid to be herself. She makes me proud. Happy birthday, sis šŸ™‚ this is for you:

So you’re sixteen. I know it feels like you’ve been waiting for sixteen forever, and I know it feels like seven was just yesterday. I know you’re eager to have independence, and I know you’re a bit scared to grow up still. But before you go turning seventeen already, enjoy this moment. Enjoy sixteen because twenty comes soon enough. While you’re enjoying it, though, I want you to remember a few things. Whether sixteen is great or miserable for you, there is life beyond today. I don’t want to minimize what you’re going through;Ā justĀ keep a right perspective. There will be better days, and there will be worse days.

It’s not too late to be a kid, and it’s not too early to find your passions. You don’t have many more years to make childhood memories – get to it!

Start to discover who you are and what you stand for because eighteen will bring battles, and you’ll need a solid foundation to make it out in (mostly) one piece. Don’t let anything in this world pull you away from Jesus – not friends, not a boy, not school, not money, not anything. Because when I talk about a solid foundation, He’s the One I mean. He’s the one that will follow you to college if you choose that. He’s the One that will follow you to China or Antarctica. He’s the One that goes before you, and He’s the One that is with you in the highs and lows. While you’re out there experiencing sixteen, don’t forget about Him.

And Be brave enough to love. I don’t just meanĀ thatĀ kind of love. I mean be brave enough to love the person that everyone else hates. Be brave enough to love your enemies. Be brave enough to love yourself, and on the days you don’t think you can, just remember Jesus loves you more than you can imagine.

 

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