Day 5
lent-challenge-day-5 Vince Miller

Affirmation

Scripture

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.—Matthew 17:5-8

Devotional

Recently a well-respected man and I had coffee. As the discussion continued, there was a moment where he was very pointed with me about the ministry I have been leading over the past six years. In a strong but gentle tone, he said, "I'm proud of you." Almost in disbelief, I replied to him inquisitively, "You're proud of me?" To which he replied, "Yes, you!" Still, in disbelief, I began to tear up in public. I reached for my eyes with my thumb and index finger working to dry the tears that welled in my eyes, but it was too hard to hold them back. I softly replied with a soft crack in my voice, "Thank you."

As I left the meeting, I reflected on why his words gripped me so powerfully. Was it the fact, that my fatherlessness over the last two decades was aching to hear words like this from a father? Or was my respect for him so great that his approval just surprised me? Or was I having a down day and therefore more emotionally sensitive? Or was it merely the fact that I hear those words so rarely? Well, I concluded it was all the above. And I have also concluded that those words are not only something we want to hear but need to hear. Notice that God extends these same words to his son, even though Jesus does not need them to fuel his performance — "Son, I love you, and I'm proud of you." As men, fathers, leaders, and husbands we need to hear these words, and extend them with power to others.

This week we are focusing on the discipline of prayer.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Share: below, a person's first name that you need to affirm.
  • Pray: for 3-5-minutes, for this person.
  • Extra Credit: Send this person a text, email, or give them a call and tell them you are proud of them.

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311 thoughts on “Affirmation

    • Kevin says:

      My wife. My bonus daughter. AND my three daughters. Paula, Tia, Sophie, Lauren and Piper. Couldn’t list just one!

      • Jon Brady says:

        Makenzie,
        My beautiful and wonderful daughter, I am very proud of you and the young lady you are becoming. I am blessed to be your dad.

    • Christopher says:

      Thank you! I prayed this morning about how important affirmation is for me and how to lovingly talk to my spouse about this, how it hurts when it is discounted. This reinforces to me that even God affirms his Son and that it is important.
      I’m proud of my Son Carter

  1. Charles says:

    Praise be to God for sending us the affirmation we don’t expect in times like these to remind us all that none of us are Fatherless and loved every day.

  2. Charles says:

    Praise be to God for sending us the affirmation we don’t expect in times like these to remind us all that none of us are Fatherless and loved every day. Ryan, Jack and Alec, I love you and will always be here, no matter what

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  3. Charles Culver says:

    I’m very proud of my son Charles Jr. He is the perfect youth mentor, father of two and an excellent husband. Growing up I didn’t have a father. I made several mistakes and my son has learned from my mistake and he’s growing with knowledge and wisdom.

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  4. Warren M Campbell Sr says:

    I didn’t have a good relationship with my father. I had trouble calling God father because father was a 6 letter word to me and I felt does that mean God is going to treat me like this guy. But God showed me what a father really is suppose to be like and knowing that He loves me and constantly showing me that he does. Brings tears to my eyes.

  5. Rafael Dixon says:

    Charles. Rick. Steve. A lot of people talk about wanting a better relationship with Christ. But you fellas are putting your money were your mouth is. This study was offered to all the men but you 3 stepped up. And for that I’m proud of you.

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  6. Walter says:

    Rocky and Dallas. Both my sons. Funny thing is I let them know , somewhat regularly, that I’m very proud of them. Have been blessed beyond measure.
    God is good all the time!

    • Chad P. says:

      morning Don, I am not sure where you are at with this today, because it is a longing in every sons heart, but sometimes the most blessed people are those that didn’t get earthly blessings but God fills that place in a way only he can.

  7. Greg Boeres says:

    I am very proud of Andrew; however this is a time of uncertainty for him and he needs my affirmation.

  8. Addison Waite says:

    Many of you guys came to mind for this action plan. So , just know that I am proud of each of you as I see you model Christ. But as I was thinking about this, the man I am proud of is my brother. Nathanael Waite.

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  9. Stephen Donmoyer says:

    I would say my son Timothy who gets up daily to work a harf blue collar job for 10 to 12 hours to provide for his three children and spouse. In fact, after hearing the lesson, I called him in which to express how proud I am of him. Funny, he asked if everything was ok and I replied that “I just wanted to tell you because I love you “

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  10. Henry says:

    When we truly grasp the love God has for us through his son Jesus and we walk in that love, it is the most powerful thing the world can know. If we have received Christ as our Savior, we have God’s love in us and we can love others like he loves us. Be encouraged today! The creator of the earth is proud of you and loves you! “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

  11. Ricky D Brittain says:

    Rafael
    Brother you have become my family and a man I can share anything with. As well as a man that shares my visions. Your walk in faith makes me stronger and strengthens my walk.
    I’m prod of you brother

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  12. Buck says:

    I have to share briefly my Sons legacy.
    My son passed away 3years ago to cancer, 18 years old. In his 6 years of battling, God had showed himself to our family so many times, but the devil was so persistent and relentless Because he was so afraid of Cayden that he continued to attack his mind and body. God gave Cayden strength daily to conquer the devil. We never had any doubt that God wasn’t going to heal him, and he did just that. Cayden got to the point where he was non responsive minutes before he passed and as we sat there around him still thinking any minute God you can open his eyes and command the cancer to be gone. Cayden all of the sudden shouts out, WOO HOO I Won!! And that was it.
    Cayden had finished the race and conquered all the temptations the devil through at him. I truly believe he did See Christ at the finish line. So proud of you son!!

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  13. Jim says:

    A couple of days ago I shared my greatest challenge was how to parent my teenage son, Luke. I need to remember in the midst of my frustrations with him, that I am also proud of how far he has come in overcoming his own challenges.

    • Ray says:

      I have had a similar situation with my son who is now 29. One of the things that I have done for over 18 years is sign every text, card or letter with- Love dad. Matt 3:17. It was my way of affirming him and speaking what is not as though it is. God has brought him an awful long way. Keep the faith.

  14. Dan says:

    I’m proud of my dad. Over the last year I’ve heard him speak about trusting God more in the middle of difficult circumstances-especially for a guy, I’ve heard him singing to God on his free time, he has led me in prayer any times when we’ve connected, and my mom has expressed her pride in his leadership on several occasions in private to me. I’m so grateful for his example of trusting God and leading his family!

  15. Troy Theye says:

    My good friend Todd from my new church in Orlando. He always knows when I am hurting. He prays for me continuously. We have crossed paths several times unintentionally and that makes makes me proud with his effort in the word of God, his Godly intentions always, and his continuous effort in being a man of God.
    “And Yes Vince I am proud of you as well, as a leader in the whole of Resolute……..I have been “ALL IN” since day one when I was introduced and couldn’t do Life without it….or you. Trying to keep this intensity going in Florida that came from Minnesota.
    God Bless and Thank you!

  16. Bryce says:

    Eric- I’m proud of the Godly and passionate person you’ve become during your journey. It’s amazing to see God’s work 1st hand and to witness how families and friends transform right before my eyes. Keep the faith and perseverance.

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  17. Stephen says:

    Prescott, you’re doing an amazing job, I’m proud of how you are handling everything you have going on, and I’m proud to call you my friend.

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    • Prescott Conley says:

      Stephen, I am truly blessed to have a friend such as yourself. I appreciate you and I’m proud of you as well for you growth and strength in your life especially as of late.

  18. Mark Roehl says:

    In keeping with “Men in Black” character names. Agents J, B, and A. These are 3 guys that I respect and appreciate.

  19. Lewis Thompson says:

    Well, I have two men that I’m going to mention that I need to tell them that I’m proud of them. Lewis and Brandon.

  20. David Steinquist says:

    Affirmation and compliments are extremely hard for me to receive. I really do not like recogntion of any kind and i do know why. I need to rest in the fact that God affirms me daily.

    • Jeff says:

      I seldom miss an opportunity to tell our three sons that I love them and very proud of them.
      I don’t know what it does for them but it does wonders for me.
      My own father has passed away years ago. I didn’t hear those words from him. But I loved him and respected him anyway and told him that. Words are so powerful. I want to build up rather than tear down with my words.

  21. Bryan F Doyle says:

    I’m proud of Jim, Larry, Dave, Richard, Eric, and Gary. I’m proud of you for the support you have shown as I took over leadership of men’s group. It was a bit scary for me, but I’m proud of you showing up every week, participating, and supporting me. You are a group of exceptional men!

  22. John says:

    Tom. Sequestered at home I feel more connected with my brothers in faith sharing our relationship with Jesus, thanks Vince for your efforts.

  23. Pastor Mark says:

    I am grateful to Vince for his courage in sharing this experience and being open about his feelings!

    And I’m proud of all of the men of Community Church who have been doing this 30 Day Lent Challenge to grow in their faith!

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  24. Dave Benson says:

    Brennan

    Once we realize the level of love and admiration the Father has for us, it will be natural to express it to others in our life.

  25. Danny says:

    this is a great CTA! I actually struggled w/ this after my mother passed away when I was 26 (I am 44 now)… the majority of what I did was to make her proud and I got the reaffirmation up into that point..: so I get the need to give affirmation and also receive it from time to time. Thanks for this reminder and biblical truth.

  26. Michael says:

    I strive to marvel at how encouraging words can be. It’s easy to focus on the negative, but through God, I can praise and encourage the positive in others and build up instead of tear down.

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  27. Dal Atwal says:

    Words are strong, they carry rich emotions for me also. Like when you read the Biblical record verses carry a sense of truth, and weight that GOD is there for us, if you allow HIM to mold you from inside to the outside.

  28. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Never having an encouraging word from my father, I fully understand the emotional impact these words spoken in love and truth can strengthen and affirm us all.
    Thank you Father God and Lord Jesus for that affirmation.

  29. Jake says:

    I need to affirm my brother in Christ, Joel. Tell him I am proud of him for fighting sin so resiliently and obeying God’s Word. I will pray for him right now and see him this week to tell him that directly.

  30. Tom Cullen says:

    I am proud of my son Thomas, I am proud of my wife Cyndi as hard as she works to keepto keep her RN’s safe and a head of all the illness out there I am proud of my daughter Katie mental illness is a battle I am proud of my G-baby Sammi

  31. Jake C says:

    My dad Mike. He never knew his father yet raised me and brother in a good Christian home. I’m a prodigal son who without the prayers of my mom and dad wouldn’t be where I am today with my walk with Christ

  32. T Gloe says:

    Thank you God the Father for Your Son. I will improve to give praise when it is due just like Your example to us.

  33. Jacob Michael Lamen says:

    I’m proud of everyone in this challenge, stretching their minds to become better disciples of Christ to serve him and spread the good news.

  34. Charles says:

    Our earthly fathers do help mold us and most of us are guilty of not telling our family how much we love them. My dad is gone now, but if you have a family member that you have not said I love you to for awhile, today might be a good day. Don’t forget, God likes to hear that we love Him too.

  35. Chris Keeper says:

    Tony, I’m proud of you! Your a rock, steady, firm but loving, caring protecter of your family! I’m proud to call you my Brother!

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  36. Tim says:

    It’s hard to limit to one but I’ll single out Jonathon Haage. Jonathon we have seen you grow, always loving God, always respectful, but always challenging the individual to dig deeper, to love fuller, and to produce more/better fruit. Yes, Jonathon I’m proud of you!

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  37. Ross Peterson says:

    I’m proud of Tim Krivikkis for taking his relatively new Christian faith and working compassion ministries in our community in the name of Jesus! I have a long list of other Community men I could add too!

  38. Dave says:

    John…you are an amazing friend, father, and business partner. I’m proud of you and I love you brother.

    Dave

  39. Doug says:

    I am so blessed to have had a father who said these words to me on many occasions, and I still make of point of saying them to my grown sons (as well as my daughter!). In fact, after reading this, I just FaceTimed my oldest son and told him that. The fact that my Lord and creator says them to me still amazes me.

  40. Eelco says:

    I find it really difficult to think about a person to affirm.
    So I will pray God to open my eyes to do this.

  41. Cory Bullock says:

    Davin Morris, He has helped me though so much and has been there for me constantly. He is challenged with hardships right now and I am proud of how he is handling himself. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many great men!

  42. Pete says:

    I’m proud of the Christian men Dan Brian and steve. That have brought me into their fold. They are straight forward and quick to action when I stray from the path. Thanks guys

  43. Nathan Riley says:

    Their is something about a when my stepdad would say something, expressing he was proud of me. A fathers love- how much more amazing is it to think about our Heavenly Father saying one day, well done, son.- This is something i have to remind myself of, storing up treasure where they belong, and cultivating a sense of gratitude in the Lord that results in ernest seeking His face each day, knowing that he loves me.

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  44. Brian says:

    Jennifer, I’m proud of the wife and mother you are. The degree to which you give of yourself to ensure your family is taken care of is truly a blessing to see and a tangible glimpse of the Christ-like servant mindset we should all seek to model in our lives.

  45. Eddie Ackerman says:

    Jim, leader of Truth & Training (3rd and 4th graders) at AWANA in the local church. Despite not being able to meet in person for AT LEAST the next two weeks, he scheduled a live teleconference event in its stead. I was unable to attend tonight, but will try to attend next week.

  46. Gordon Schlegel says:

    The one person who needs affirmation the most is going in a direction that cannot be affirmed in any honest way.

  47. Chad P. says:

    Thanks for sharing Vince, the blessing is something we need. The blessing of a father to his son is beautiful, and the blessing of God to his children is unto eternal life. It is the blessing that we receive that keeps us going today and motivates us to continue steadfast for tomorrow.

  48. Edgar Tolentino says:

    I would like to affirm my Sister in-law, Betsy Camara for sharing the good news with me 40 years ago.

  49. Chad Husted says:

    my teenage son Brandon. He’s such a good kid that I take him for granted sometimes. Since I starve for such affirmation, I bet he will be blessed to hear it from me more often. thanks for the idea. I’m on it!

  50. Charles says:

    I have a son in prison because of his behaviour. I believe its time for me to forgive him and let him know how much Iove him.

  51. Brad says:

    Sorry for another late entry but I will be caught up today. I have 3 names, Noah, Josiah, Micah. My boys you can be a handful for little boys but no matter how much I have to correct your behaviors I am proud of the people you are slowly becoming. I can see your love and passion when we are outside the home.

  52. Peter says:

    Hey men, I’m going to tell my dad im proud of him. Praying for each of you and im proud of you for doing this devotional with me at whatever pace you are moving at. Press onward Men of God!

  53. Mark says:

    Phil, my brother. You have battled addictive behaviours for most of your life, thus far, and I see you really pressing into God for strength to overcome. I’m proud of you!

  54. Joshua Standfest says:

    Dad i’m proud of you and all the hard work you have done for this family and for brien and issabel even it may seem like the hardest thing ever at times i’m proud to call you my father

  55. Denny says:

    Proud of all 5 of my adult children but my youngest has the biggest heart for the Lord I have ever seen. I will affirm Jason today.

  56. Benjamin says:

    Joshua, Jehovah is generous, Jehovah saves. You have a wonderful name that reminds us if the lord. Your personality creates laughter in all of us. You even joke about the unspeakable. You are brave, funny, and strong. Proud am I to be able to call you my strong brother.

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