It’s one of my favorite parts of being a Dad. It’s a conversation that takes place several times per week.
“I’m proud of you Nathan.” I start.
He smiles. Anna does too when I tell her the same thing. They know what comes next.
“You know why I’m proud of you?” I continue.
“Because I’m your son!” Nathan responds with a smile.
“Because I’m your daughter!” Anna says in her sweet, princess voice.
Tonight Anna took it one step further.
“I’m proud of you too.”, she volunteered, unprovoked.
“Why Anna?” I wondered. Would she say what every Dad hopes his little girl will say? Sure enough. She wanted me to know.
“Because you’re my dad.”
I got to hear it a couple times today. Earlier, my parents got a chance to watch me on-line as I shared at the Temple Christian schools chapel service. They both took time to email me and share that they were proud of me.
These simple words can change an entire direction of someone’s life. We live differently when we know someone is proud of us, not because of anything we have done, but because we are their child or their parent or their friend.
You want to know who else is proud of you? Your Father in Heaven.
Look at King David’s prayers to His Heavenly Father in Psalms 139:14-18.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17How precious are your thoughts about me,b O God. They cannot be numbered! 18I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me.”
Verse 17 declares that our Father’s thoughts about us are precious and can’t be numbered. Isn’t that incredible?
1 John 3:1 reinforces the point.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children, and that is what we are!”
If you are a follower of Jesus, you have become ‘joint-heirs’ with Christ (Romans 8:17). Your Father loves you and is proud of you. not because of what you have done, but because you are His. Bask in that truth, but don’t stop there. Share with someone close to you how proud you are of them. They may not know about your love for them, or about God’s love for them. It may well be the difference between eternal life and death.