I hope you’re having a good day today. It’s a little strange writing you a letter but I have to admit that it may be the only way I’m going to work up the courage to tell you what I want to say. Although it would be a happy conversation, I’m an easy crier (as you have probably seen by now). All that emotion would make me lose track of my thoughts and by the end of our talk, I’m not sure I would have said all the things I wanted to.
What I want to tell you is that you are so special.
You are an inspiration to me in my own relationship with God and I’m thankful to have you in my life. I doubt that you are even aware that I look up to you, because you are so blissfully focused on Christ . It doesn’t seem like other people’s opinions really matter that much to you — which is one of the many reasons why I admire you. But even still, I want you to know that I look up to you.
In being around you, I get to witness every day what a life lived deeply rooted and grounded in Christ’s love looks like. You know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus is the Son of God and that your salvation is firmly secured through His perfect sacrifice. In the ups and the downs of life, I see you live out of a place of strong confidence in Him – in who He is and what He can do. You remind others around you of what we have in Jesus, pointing us back toward Him regularly.
It is one thing for us to say that we believe in God and all that He has to say about His children and this life… but in you I see someone who has truly embraced those truths and been changed by them. There is a joyfulness, peace, and contentment that defines your spirit that can’t be made up. It’s the outgrowth of a real and living relationship with God and it is an incredible blessing and encouragement to me to witness.
In my own journey to engage in a deep and living relationship with God, He is teaching me to let go and live with a quiet, rested spirit. I was reminded today of this verse:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. – 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)
You are one of those special people who possesses the true and eternal beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. Which is another way of saying, God thinks you’re beautiful.
Just getting to know you has taught me so much, and one of the greatest lessons is that the gentleness/quietness of spirit that I want to abound in my own life must come from a place of trust and resting in Him. In doing so, when the day goes sideways and all the challenges of the here-and-now pop up all around me, I will be just as joyful and peaceful as when everything is going well. Because my joy and peace is not rooted in my circumstances but my King. You are an example of that for me, and I thank you for that. There is an incredible power in witnessing God working in someone else’s life as they embrace the promises of God.
Lastly, I want to thank you for your son, the man that I love. I see in him the same thing that I see in you, a rested soul who leans into God. He loves God and seeks to live for Him, not out of a panicky search to secure salvation – but because he genuinely loves God and wants to live for Him. I need the man that will lead me in this life to have that kind of deep love for the Lord – and your son does. Truly, I need your son in so many ways and am so thankful to God and to you and the rest of the family for helping to make him the man that he is today. Loving your son is a delight because of the many ways that you’ve been a model of trust and reliance upon God in your own life. Thank you.
I love you,