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I’m Proud of You Son

I’m Proud of You Son

“You’re never too old to want your dad to be proud of you,” my husband stated the other night as we both collapsed into bed, tired from a day of hard work.

Those poignant words took me immediately to the memory of my dad. His praise had such a huge impact on me then that to this day I think of my actions and how he would respond. What he accepted then still matters to me now. His affirmation steered desires and emotions, they brought me joy and sorrow.

Both my husband’s father and mine are gone, but the ghost of their approval and disapproval is a legacy we both cherish. What a picture of the Christian’s relationship with the Father.

“Well done, good and faithful servant,” Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25 reflects a desire to bring satisfaction for a job well done. It offers purpose beyond the daily rigmarole of tedious task.

As sons and daughters, we look to parents for the “well done.” As children of God, we do the same.

“Look, Daddy,” my five-year-old grandson calls, proud of finishing his task. The toys are put where they belong, and he waits for the expected and enthusiastic “well done, good job.” His daddy turns his head and gasps. Dad’s wide-eyed open-mouthed over the top delighted surprise makes his five-year-old beam.

In Jesus’ parable, the master gave resources to care for. Praise and correction received reflect an important spiritual reality. The words, “well done” indicate more than a report card of performance, they draw from our deep need to be loved and accepted. This heart attitude mirrors a child of God in tune with his heavenly Father.

Covid days seem endless. We thought it was a short blip in our lives, but it seems to never end. Many parents are entering a school year calling for decisions that are unprecedented and uncertain. Moms and dads are stretched like Silly Putty.

Whether or not Covid ends, this season of parenting will change.

Dishes will not always pile the counter. Laundry dumps will not always resemble the Tower of Pisa. The baby won’t always shriek in that nerve-wracking decibel.

It’s easier than ever to allow mundane parenthood to replace intentional parenthood. Dreary attitudes, the kind of burned-out just make-it-to-the-end-of-the-day drudgery creeps into our Covid-worn hours.

Jesus’ parable of the servants entrusted with their master’s gold is a timely reminder. For we too are trusted with little treasures. The story recounts one unfaithful servant, who hid his bag of gold rather than take the measures to invest it wisely.  He alone did not hear “well-done.”

“You’re never too old to want your dad to be proud of you,” my husband said.

It is so very important to instill in our children that deep desire of approval and accomplishment. It is vital we continue faithful in demonstrating the love of our heavenly Father through our good days and our bad. Faithful in the little, brings well-done in the end.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

By: Sylvia Schroeder serves as Women’s Care Coordinator at Avant Ministries. Mom to four, grandma to 14, and wife to her one and only love, she enjoys writing about all of them. Find her blog at When the House is Quiet. Like her Facebook page or follow her on twitter.

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