Last night Anthony and his best friend spent the evening with one of our pastors. This particular pastor had been serving as the High School youth leader. Anthony and his friend have grown VERY fond of him. However, the elders of our church have asked this pastor to redirect his ministry and begin to oversee the children & Awanas' program. Our pastor had the boys over last night so that he could share the news with them personally. I knew that it would not be welcome news on Anthony's part and so I spent the better part of the evening praying for them all.
When Anthony got home he came in to tell me the news. I told him that I already knew but that our pastor had asked us to not say anything until he had a chance to talk to Anthony. I asked Anthony how he was feeling. He was honest and said that the news really bummed him out. But then he said something that I realized he has been saying A LOT recently, "Don't worry mom, it is all good!" "What do you mean Anthony?" I asked. He replied, "I can't be selfish about this, if this is what is best for our church, then....it is all good!"
Honest to goodness this kid blows me away sometimes! As a proud mom I like to think it is just because Anthony is such a special kid, filled with all kinds of wonderfulness.....and he IS!! But at the heart of it I know that the most important refining aspect of my young son's character is the fact that he absolutely loves Christ and desires with all his heart to seek after Him. God's Spirit day by day continues to shape and mold the heart of my son and I have to say, it is a beautiful thing to behold.
I worked on this layout tonight trying to capture some sense of the wonder of his special, new "catch phrase."
Journaling reads: I’m not sure who you’ve picked it up from but you’ve started using a new expression, “Don’t worry mom, it’s all good!" Good when you don’t get the ball passed to you in football, good when I accidentally lock you out of the house, good when your team loses a close game due to a bad call, good even when you are saddened with news that a beloved Pastor is moving out of youth ministry, still you say,”It’s all good!” I find this such a sweet testament to your faith; the Lord is teaching you to “count it all joy.” Your obedience to His call is a beautiful sight to behold....it really is ALL GOOD!