Letter to a Newborn

Welcome to the world, Rhyan! I know it’s not as cozy as where you’ve been, but you’ll get used to it. You’ve had a rough morning; I could tell from your picture. I’m not a big fan of mornings either. Why am I awake, you ask? Well, I just haven’t gone to sleep for the night. I’ve been waiting for you. 🙂 Glad you’re here.

Sorry the world is such a jacked up place. Maybe you can do something about that in your lifetime. No pressure. You don’t have to fix ALL of it, just make a difference in the lives of the people around you. You’re off to a good start, by the way. You’ve already made a difference in your family’s lives. Your mom’s never loved anyone so much, and I’m willing to bet your dad feels the same. That’s pretty cool. Not every baby can say that. (I told you the world is messed up.) They’ve both already made sacrifices for you.

Sacrifice is a big word. Sorry. I’m not trying to overwhelm you. It means they’ve given up stuff for themselves in order to make your life better. Don’t feel guilty about it; they do it because they love you. Someday, I hope you’ll make sacrifices for them, too. It’s one way to learn about caring for other people.

You see, Rhyan, your parents are living pictures of Someone even bigger than them. (I know that’s hard to believe. Everything looks bigger than where you’ve been the past few months.) The way your parents love you, even though you’ve never done a thing to deserve it is a model of God’s love for them… and you. You’ll learn lots about love from them, and my prayer is that it will help you (and them) to understand God’s love better.

Because the best two pieces of advice anyone can give you about life is to love God and love others. If you do those things well, the rest will fall into place and you’ll be able to leave this world a little bit better than you found it.

In the meantime, get some rest. Your parents will take care of everything else for a while.