A Father’s Affirmation
I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to  God for me.
Romans 15:30

One priceless gift my dad gave me was confidence.  He convinced me to pursue my interests and develop my talents—to find and follow my calling.  When I’d fail in my efforts, he was there encouraging me to pick up the pieces and keep moving ahead.

The refrain that plays in my mind to this day is: “Steve, I’m proud of you.”  In fact, I can’t remember ever leaving him when he didn’t tell me how proud of me he was.

Looking back, I hadn’t done a whole lot to take pride in.  Yet he piled on his affirmation anyway.  Having finally accomplished a few things I believe he would’ve been proud of, it saddens me that he isn’t here to see them.  But, I’m certain he would’ve affirmed me.

Is there someone you can affirm more often than you do?  A child? A spouse?  A parent?  A co-worker?  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be an affirming influence.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

  • John Andrew Holmes