Life - Will King was knit together in his mother's womb, designed by God, and created for a purpose. We are seeing the purpose of his life in the legacy of his story as it lives on to impact so many lives. In my life I want to God to conform to my plans, but God reminded me again through sadness, joy, grief, and hope that He is for us and not against us. When I truly trust God with my life and the lives of those around me, including sweet Will's, and I am a celebrator of life through God's design.
Parenting - Will's life reminded me of the gift of parenting. Will and his parents had a special relationship while he was in the womb and his 96 days outside of the womb. Will's parents, Taylor and Courtney, gave up their comfort, pride, and desires to love their strong fighter so well throughout his 96 days out of the womb. The relationship of parents and their children is a gift and joy as I and the world around me can see it too often as a burden to our days. Will's life reminded me that parenting is not a burden but instead a joyful, gift to cherish.
Children - Will's life reminded me of the huge impact a child can have on this world from a young age. Oftentimes, we are waiting for our children to have a big impact on this world when they are ___ years old. Instead, Will's 96 days out of the womb impacted so many people in various walks of life and continues to create a legacy today. Children are a gift to us, and when we see them as a gift, we can begin to see their large impact on the world.
Everyone has a story - Will's life reminded me that each person and family has a story. Each one of us is living with a story of celebration, mourning, fun, and hardship. When we love people knowing they have a story, we are more likely to give a little more grace, work to understand, not be quick to anger, and genuinely care for them. I am so thankful for Will's story.