Happy Birthday Kole!
Kole came into the world with more boldness than anyone I’ve ever known.
I was a week overdue and I woke up out of a dead sleep with a contraction that meant business; and I think it was one hour later Kole came flying into the world.
He came boldly.
Nothing has changed for Kole, when he believes in what he is doing and the direction he is going he goes with boldness and fearlessness.
It’s rare to find a person with the boldness that Kole has, that their boldness does not translate into arrogance; Kole has a humility about him that is rare in light of the boldness.
Kole is bold enough to ask anyone and everyone questions if he needs to understand something.
He is bold enough to ask and humble enough to listen.
Kole’s life looks like a failure if you weigh is against the world’s definition of success.
Kole is 22 years old and lives at home and works for his dad.
To the world this looks like lazy failure.
Kole has another kingdom in mind with his life though….Kole is not working to build a kingdom for himself, Kole is working for God’s Kingdom and the the path that the Lord has set him on, is a path that looks crazy to the world, but if you stop long enough to hear Kole’s heart and the convictions and the goals that God has placed in him, you see a man who is following Jesus with humble boldness and is willing to sacrifice his plans and time and talents and give it ALL to the ONE who gave him everything.
Kole is a Kingdom builder,
and he is learning and growing and submitting to the plan that God has for his life.
One of my favorite character traits about Kole has is that he will easily have the same conversation with the same boldness and passion with the most important person in the room as he will the biggest outcast in any setting on any day.
I remember when Kole was 4 years old we were getting a yard put in at our house and the landscapers that were working were taking frequent smoke breaks.
Kole was so upset, not because he thought they were bad, he thought they were so cool and they were his new buddies and he knew smoking was bad for them.
He asked me several times if he could go and let them know that smoking was bad for them.
I told him “NO, leave them alone, they don’t need a 4 year old telling them anything."
Kole literally snuck out of the house with his batman cape on so he could help save his new buddies from death by smoking.
He told them what he was convicted to tell them and then he came in and told on himself.
Kole is super honest and his boldness and conviction may override all fear, but then he has to come clean about it.
I love you Kole and I am so thankful for where you are right now in life,
the direction you are headed, no matter where it leads you and when you
I love that whatever you do, you do it with all your heart, and then when and if, God changes it up, you make the adjustments and GO boldly full steam ahead!