Today is Joshua’s thirteenth birthday! Joshua is our second grandson; fourth out of eleven grandchildren (so far! Two more are on the way!) What a really special kid he is! He has a sweet, sensitive heart for others, and especially for the Lord. He’s been reading the Bible faithfully from the time he was just a little tyke, when other kids his age were still into “See Dick and Jane run!” He loves to memorize Scripture and often learns long passages by heart just because he wants to. He is thoughtful of others, helpful, generous and kind. Like his parents, Joshua has already developed a servant’s heart.
Joshua is an excellent student in every area and has many interests. He loves to garden with his father. He is learning to play piano and trumpet, and hopes to learn to play the guitar someday, as well. He loves dogs—especially his own, Pumpkin and Pebbles. He loves babies and little ones and is so excited about their upcoming adoption. He loves to play games. He loves to read. And like his grandpa (or Boppa, as he calls him) Joshua is an outdoorsman, loving to fish and dying to try his hand at hunting when he gets old enough.
Joshua is so much like Bob, in fact, that we call him “Mini-Boppa.” He loves to rough-house and play wild and crazy. He is enthusiastic and loves to laugh! And most of all like Boppa, he is LOUD! Not just loud—LOUD!!! And there is no volume switch. When he is having fun, he is just always set at LOUD!
But that is okay! In fact, that is what I love about Joshua—he has a happy, enthusiastic, joyful heart! The scripture verse that comes to mind when I think of Joshua is Psalm 98:4, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” He has a no-holds barred approach to whatever he tackles, whether it is something serious or just for fun. Shouldn’t we all? “…Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31b) And if we can do it with a cheerful heart, praising God loudly, so much the better!
We have a lot for which to raise our voices in praise! Psalm 5:11 says, “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” Shout for joy! “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11) Shout unto God! “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” (Psalm 47:1)
So turn that volume up and, like Joshua, make a joyful noise!
Happy 13th Birthday, Joshua Caleb! I love you!