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Question(s) for ya, did you ever hear those 4 little, powerful words when you were a boy? Have you said those 4 little, powerful words to your son or other boy? Would you be offended now if an older, significant male said those words to you?
I certainly didn't hear them from any significant male in my childhood & the yearning to hear them has never gone away. But, this year, at the age of 54, I heard them for the first time & from a completely unexpected source.
I do usher duty at my church with Stan who is 88, the oldest male in our congregation & a spiritual dad to me. Stan was the first person I met before I joined my current church & we've had a special bond ever since. Since becoming a Christian in 06, I've had a struggle coming to grips with & accepting the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father; I grew up believing love had to be earned; it was performance based. As a result, I've also had a struggle with worthiness (Am I good enough? Am I doing enough? Is anything I do making a difference?). There's been a hole or void that hadn't been filled.
One day Stan commented, "You're a good man."
WOW, that was nice to hear but, for some strange reason, it didn't "hit home"; it felt more like a platitude, you know, just a casual remark. But why?
I got the answer the day Stan said, "Aw, you're a good boy." Now THAT got my attention! It kept replaying in my mind. It then played with my logic. I thought, "Why would an 88 yr old man say such a thing to another man who, clearly at 54, is not a boy? Why aren't I offended?"
ANSWER: That was the missing link! That's why hearing "you're a good man" didn't really gel! This 54 yr old man still had that little, hurting, insignificant boy in his heart. There was still a void that needed to be filled to complete him before he could really be a man. AND, the only one who could know that was my heavenly Father, who used Stan to fulfil a desire of my heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
No matter what your earthly experience has been with your Dad, there's a heavenly Dad who knows your every need.
We are loved by Him more than you could possibly imagine. Believe it!! Embrace it!! Accept it!!
God bless n luv ya guts
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