I am very blessed.
From before I was even born God had you in mind for me. He knew that your character, your physique, your upbringing, and your DNA construction combined with Mum’s was exactly what was needed to create me.
He knew the decisions that you were going to make. To give up the life you wanted, the career you had in mind & the dreams you had. You gave it all up for our family to raise 3 little Indonesian kids in a foreign land which you would adopt as your own.
You took on all the challenges that life threw at you. You took on bills that couldn’t be paid. Worked over time and double shifts. Worked willingly and unwillingly. You battled doubts, fears, frustrations and anxiety. Putting the family first and sacrificing so much, even your own health, for the sake of our family.
It was you who welcomed me into this world. It was you who loved me unconditionally when I could do nothing for myself [and you love me still]. You watched me as I took my first steps, when I rode my first bike. When I stumbled and fell, you would clean me up and get me back up again. You would spoil me with games & lavish gifts on my birthday and Christmas time [and you do still ;)].
He purposely chose you to be the man I needed most in my life. He chose you to be my example. He chose you to be my protector, my comforter, my rock. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for always encouraging me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally – especially when I didn’t deserve it.
In John 14, Jesus talks about how He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. I am glad to be a reflection of you. I am thankful that there are things about you that are in me. I pray that I will continue to make you proud and be an example of love to others & to my own family, just as you have loved me.
Happy Birthday Dad. This first blog post of mine is dedicated to you. I want you to know that you are so loved and appreciated. I could not think of a better way of declaring this then by letting the rest of the world know. 🙂
I love you always. With all my heart.
Kevin Hezekiah Ling