To The Coolest Kid I Know,

Let me start by wishing you a happy birthday. Normally, I would post some epic picture of us, but one does not exist (the only picture I have of us has us looking like we lost a fist fight to finals). Regardless, you deserve the best day possible and then some. From pulling all-nighters at my apartment and our Denny’s/Cafe Mexicali runs to our nightly walks through campus, you are one of the best friends I’ve ever had and I’m not sure what I did to deserve your love and support. However, know that I appreciate it more than most things.

You’ve gone through some of my darkest times with me. By being my friend, you’ve experienced more pain and fear than I feel like most people do in relationships. You had the option to flee, take evasive action, and walk out of my life, but you didn’t. You haven’t. You’ve stood by my side, as a part of the solid army that is my closest friends.

Since I’m now in a stable place and am able to be the friend to you that you’ve been to me, I hope that you’re beginning to experience the fruits of your labor.

I write that to say that you’re truly an incredible dude (oh, goodness. I just typed “the d-word”).

You’ve taught me to persevere and what it looks like to wait on God in times of distress. I’ve never seen you give up. I pray that I’ve taught you what hope looks like and that you’ll continue to move forward, no matter the pace.

Anyway, today, as you begin your 20th year of life, I hope that it begins and ends with you feeling encouraged and loved by your friends and family.

Know that you are loved and you are valuable.
To me and more importantly, to Christ.

God led us both to stay in Boulder and now we’re going to be in the same graduating class. If our friendship isn’t God-ordained, then I don’t know what is.

Okay, enough with the mushy stuff – the main point is that I’m excited for you as you begin a new year of life.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2nd Corinthians 5:17, ESV).

Thanks for being you, Drew. Love ya’ and happy birthday!

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