Wasn't it just last week that we were bringing him home from the hospital? And wasn't it just yesterday he was learning to walk? Can he really be 16 years old already? Can it really be time to begin visiting colleges? My heart tells me, "No, it's too soon". Then I look and see how much he has grown and the young man he is becoming. I hear him talk about his future and what God is calling him to do. And my head says, "Yes, it's almost time". He is learning to be a great leader in the locker room, on the football field and in the youth group. He has
great mentors in his life who pour their knowledge and love for God into him. He is striving daily to use his talents and gifts to glorify God.
I fear that the next two years are going to go way too fast. Sometimes I wonder if we've taught him enough. Will he be ready to face the world? A world full of temptations for college athletes. A world that will throw ots of things at him to draw him away from God.
As I look back, I see opportunities that we missed to train him in the Lord. Should we have been more strict? Should we have let him have more freedom? Have we given him a firm foundation in God's Word? Most importantly, has he made his faith his own? Does he know what he believes and why according to God's Word? I think that foundation is the key to his personal success away from home. Later this month, he will get his first glimpse of what college life is like. He will be attending College for a Weekend at my alma mater, Liberty University. He will stay in the dorms, go to class, eat in the dining hall and visit the athletic complex. We have joined NCSA to help get his info out to college recruiters. We're currently editing game film so that it can be uploaded to his profile and distributed to thousands of colleges nationwide. It's gonna be a crazy couple of years. Let the journey begin.