Today as I continue my month-long daily chronicle of the things for which I am thankful, I express my gratitude for my Number Three son, my contrary child. His moods are as extreme as the day and the night and sometimes I’m not sure which I prefer! He is at turns bouncing and jovial as well as petulant and moody and yet I love him both as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
He is determined to be his own man and as often as I find myself in a tug-of-war of wills, I admit I both respect and admire his dogged independence. He brings a richness, an unexpected-ness, to our lives through his intensity and his stubborn resolve. As I’ve said before, I pray the Lord will take my boy’s determination to be different and live different and use it for His glory and the furthering of His kingdom. And I pray for grace and wisdom for my husband and I to teach him to live contrary to this world!