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
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.
⚡Share That You Crushed Today's Challenge