Friday, June 12, 2009
Happy Birthday, Robert!!!
Today marks a special day. God knew our family would need a fresh perspective on life, and so He granted us Robert Thomas McLendon. One thing that characterizes this boy is his complete inability to be in a hurry, and that morning of June 12, 1986 was my first indication. His older brother had made his debut in 5 hours, and his younger sister would take 6. But, again, not one to get in a hurry, Robert dragged his entrance into the world to a good solid 9 hours. Thanks, son.
God endowed Robert with many gifts and talents with a most prominent one being his quick wit and the propensity to make others laugh. He taught us that even serious moments can hold an element of frivolity. God also added a color of sensitivity to Robert's make-up that allows him to feel another's pain as well as celebrate in their joys. He gifted him with a sharp mind enabling him to think deep thoughts and discern God's ways. But more than anything, the Lord gave to Robert a heart to know Him -- and that has been his passion for almost all of his 23 years.
On a spring night in Vidalia, GA in April of 1990, Robert said he wanted to ask Jesus into his heart. Of course, I was all over it. I suggested we get down on our knees and pray, but before I could hit the carpet, that 3 1/2 year old was lying prostrate on my bedroom floor. Feeling a little uncomfortable about that at the time, I suggested again, "Maybe we should just get down on our knees," to which he responded, "No, I want to do it like this." And "like this" is what we did, and the Lord Jesus Christ came into that precious heart and made Robert His child. And now some 20 years later, Robert still rarely misses an opportunity to share Christ, whether it be with words or without. He is just as likely to promise a homeless man in Miami a beer if he'll just listen a moment and allow him to pray with him as he is to offer a young man in the youth group in his church an afternoon of hanging out.
Robert, you offer this world a flavor of God of which most have never before tasted. May your and Kristin's lives, together and individually, continue to be characterized by a holy passion and an extravagant affection for Him as you go into the world and incarnate Christ.
I love you so much! Happy birthday, son!!!
Only one life will soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last. -Unknown