Dear Annie sis,
I can’t believe you are 18 already! You will always remain my little sister with the beautiful blonde hair that always hung in your face. You may not realize it now, but this is a big day in your life. In worldly terms, they call it ‘mondig’, or ‘welcome to the adult life’. But An, in Spiritual terms, it means so much more. You are entering a new chapter into the outside world all on your own.
An, you’re going to see that the road is going to be more difficult than easy. That there will be more challenges than smooth sailings. That the world is much more lost than we think. That God truly is the only Savior, also in your life. And that He is going to shape you more than ever before. This is also going to be the best time of your life. You are going to choose how to form your own opinions about new people and new things. You are going to lay out your own way of life for yourself to follow. You may find that time really does pass by very fast (especially in university) and that one does not have to wait for “one day” to live the ideal life.
You will meet people who will become your lifelong friends and whom you will one day invite to your wedding. You will also learn that the report results from school or committees at university have no eternal value. You are going to see that you cannot rely on people, but only on God. And also that it will not benefit you to plan your life too far ahead; that today is really all that matters.
You will learn how to become quiet in the midst of chaos, how to seek God in nature, in the silence. And you will realize that love really is all that matters, in the midst of a lost and corrupt world… You will learn that there are only a handful of people out there who are like you. You will find them eventually. You will also realize that we are the most blessed family that exists. And in your being alone you will experience an immense deal of gratitude.
But above all An, you are going to learn about the things that really matter in life. These are the people given to us by God, the people closest to us.
Annie, I know you already know most things, but I also know that you are ready for the new and biggest growth curve in your path of life. I know God is going to use you for His Kingdom in miraculous ways. Theology is only going to be the beginning of it. You are a beautiful woman of God and I am so privileged to have you as a sister. You are going to influence the world so positively with your beautiful heart, good values and broad smile. I wish I could spend a greater part of my life closer to you and be with you at university, but for now I also know that… this is part of God’s good plan.
Know that God has already laid the path for you for every step that may come. Deut. 31: 8 – “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. ”
Enjoy being 18.
I love you!