I’ve never prayed that Hope would be the most popular, most witty, most smart, or the most athletic child among her peers. But, I have prayed for her to rise above all that seems common in kids her age and live in the beauty of who she is created to be.
Rising above is not easy. Being uncommon is rare. And rare is hard at 16 years old. So, I’m not only praying this for her, I’m begging God for it from the depths of my heart.
My precious daughter, Hope, may you…
Rise above the girlish chatter and gossip. When people talk about others in hushed whispers, they are saying nothing but how insecure they are about themselves. Be uncommon sweetheart.
Rise above the daily beauty contest. You can’t see it now, but you have the makings of a gorgeous woman inside and out. Be uncommon sweetheart.
Rise above the incessant need most teens have for someone else to validate your worth. No boy will ever be capable of truly making you feel pretty, witty, and loved. Let Jesus fill up those spaces in your heart and eventually show you a boy worth your time. Be uncommon sweetheart.
Rise above the talk about first kisses and stolen moments. Realize how precious and priceless your purity is. What a beautiful thing it is that you still have the gift of a first kiss to give. Be uncommon sweetheart.
For it is uncommon for a girl your age to want to stay home and write on a blog about her Daddy.
It is uncommon for a girl your age to find joy in shoveling animal poop for hours so kids in Africa can have an athletic field on which to play.
It is uncommon to be 16 years old and have never kissed a boy.
It is uncommon to spend hours dreaming of how you might one day serve God in lands most people have never heard of.
It is uncommon. Rare. Incredible. Amazing. Precious. Priceless.
That’s who I prayed you would one day be and who you are becoming.
Rise above sweetheart. Be you. Continue to seek the uncommon.
What do you pray for your children?