My Dad passed away a fews year back and it’s funny how I remember that he loved me, and he was proud of me. Well I assumed he was proud of me, but I don’t recall him ever saying he was.
I mentioned this to my Mum, and she sat down and wrote about two pages of the things my Dad had said he was proud of – the things I’d achieved, the struggles I’d been through – and survived.
It brought me to tears, as I had thought he was proud of me. I KNEW he loved me, but isn’t it funny how we often want that extra validation of our self worth.
I’m not ashamed to share that. I’m not embarrassed. I know we are to look to God for validation and when you think about Jesus dying on a cross, doesn’t that show how much we are loved?
…‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. – Luke 15:20 NIV
I think we can sometimes get caught up in seeing God like we see our earthly Father. For me that sometimes means I don’t think God is proud of me ‘cause I’m a sinner who makes stupid mistakes and does silly things……
That’s why we need to remember that God forgives all our brokenness, our sin, our failures, because he loved us SOO much he sent his son to die on a cross for us, and he’s like the father who RUNS to his lost son when the son returns.
So what has all of this got to do with Fathers Day?
At a time when as Dad’s we are looking forward to getting cheesy-ugly socks, unbearable ties, horrid shirts, and more liquorice than our bowls can handle, I thought “Lets flip Fathers Day on its head”. Why not focus on my kids.
I want them to KNOW how much I love them and why I’m proud of them.
As a Dad, take time to tell your kids what you are proud of. Tell them what it is about them that makes them special. If you haven’t spoken to your kids in a while, maybe there’s a rift between you and your son or daughter, take a moment and think about what it is that you love about them, and TELL them, even if it has to be via SMS or Facebook messenger!
Don’t let your kids wait till you’re gone for them to find out how awesome you think your kids are.
Written by The Drive Home Announcer -Geoff Snowden