Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 15 - A Father Unlike His Son

My mind is all over the place with today's reading, so I'll try to stay as clear as I can...

As a mom and teacher, I am with kids all day long.  Kids needs to feel validated, that they have done a good job.  Whether a child brings us the strangest drawing they are most proud of or are sitting in tears because he feels stupid, whether a child got an A or scored a goal, we need to give some sort of praise to the child.

Afterall, God told Jesus he was proud of HIM, so why should we be any different.

Even as adults, we need to have our feelings and actions validated.  There are many times when I am upset about something and I talk to my husband about it, to see if I have the right to feel the way I do.  And take last night for instance, my husband preached the evening service at church and wanted to know, "What is alright?" He needed to know if he did a good job.  As humans, we need that. I think maybe that is one reason God opened up the heavens and told Jesus he was pleased, to give him the validation that he was doing what he was supposed to be doing.

And let us never forget that Jesus lived and walked the earth like us.  He didn't live using mystical superpowers. He lived by a life of faith and prayer.  Oh, what a glorious example to live our lives by.  I simply can't imagine being born knowing what was going to happen in my life, how it was going to end up.  How tempting it would be to avoid situations so we wouldn't experience the storms of life! Jesus knew how his live was going to end. How did he deal with that knowledge? Through prayer, a daily faithful walk with His Father.

So, my prayer for us today is this....

Lord Father, I think you for you Son Jesus and the example we should learn from Him.  May we live with a daily faithful walk with You, Lord, a prayerful walk.  Although we will not have the window of heaven opened up to us, may we never lose sight that you are always near. May we live so that You will say You are pleased with us. Amen


  1. So, so true - I needed that reminder today. :)

  2. Thank you for your reflection. I didn't think about it that way. But you are so right about that. I think I have been struggling some with validation from people and not the Father this year.

  3. That is true, Validation is so important. We all like to hear we are doing a good job at something.

  4. You are so right! We all appreciate validation. Without it, we are often lost because we don't know if we are on the right track or not. The important thing is that we need to remember to give validation every chance we get. I don't want to leave anyone wondering.


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