This coming week my son turns 17 years old. I could not be more proud of Daniel and the young man he is.
From the time he was 3-weeks old until 3 years ago, Daniel and I spent nearly every single day together. He went to work with me 6 days a week, we attended week-long conferences together, planned vacations, hospital visits, and “Daniel Day” adventures. He was my constant companion until he began public school in 2013.
As long as he’s been able to talk, Daniel has vowed that he would stay with me forever. He was never going to move away or leave me. Today he has plans to attend college, move to Germany, and work for a computer gaming company. He’s decided to leave me and each day brings that reality closer.
We let our children grow up and live their own lives, fulfill their own dreams, and seek out their own destinies apart from us. We are proud yet sad as they leave us behind, trusting that the godly foundation we laid as parents will sustain them as they build their own lives upon what we taught them by word and example.
I always knew that someday he’d grow up and become his own man – separate from me, but I thought he’d wait until he was 45 or so. This reality makes my Lord’s promise, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) all the more precious.