My baby girl just left for her senior prom…her last prom. She was so
beautiful with her hair piled high and her long dress flowing and a
smile on her face. I paid her a lame compliment and then choked
up…there are no words for moments like that, I just love her. That’s
it, nothing more; she’s my child and I love her.
Did you ever hope that maybe God feels the same way? That maybe it’s
true that He keeps His word and forgets about our sin; and that we who
love and obey Him are truly His children and He loves us and that
maybe, just maybe, He sometimes gets choked up about that.
My daughter didn’t need to do everything right today, or even this
week – she didn’t need to ask my opinion on her dress or her choice of
restaurants. My daughter didn’t need to be ashamed or explain away
that ‘D’ on the chemistry test or that she just couldn’t run her best
at the track meet. I love her and I can let all that go because I
love her heart and soul and spirit.
We sin…we make mistakes…we fail. We forget sometimes to ask God or to
be accountable to Him; and sometimes we are asking when we don’t need
to. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak and He knows that,
and He loves us heart, soul, and spirit.
In the course of our every day He loves us; and on those special
moments I hope He is proud of His children. He said of His only
Begotten “You are My Beloved Son, in you I am well pleased.” By the
righteousness of Christ I hope we please Him too.
He admonishes us when we need it and He lets us fall if we get beyond
boundaries or to smart for our britches. But when we remember what He
taught us and we just do the right thing without asking we are the
apple of His eye. When we step out into the world unafraid because of
what we know about Him and because we trust Him I can see Him looking
at the angels and saying “Did you see that? Did you see what my kid
Remember how God boasted of His “servant Job” to Satan? How God
blessed Abraham and how He had a heart for David? Picture the Trinity
in a three-way ‘high five’ and the Father saying “I love it when a
plan comes together!” God gets excited and proud when His people are
We have all the power and resources of the God-head in our corner and
when we shine He feels the Glory and that should warm our hearts. We
don’t need a fancy hairdo or nice clothes to be loved by the Father.
But when we make an effort to look our best and be our best I know He
notices, because we are His children and He loves us.
You doubt God loves us? You doubt that He can see past our sin to be
proud of us? Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew Chapter 7. “If
you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to
those who ask Him!” Fathers know how to express pleasure in an
I know that when my two daughters are out in the world they make me
look good. I am an honored and respected man where I am not known
because of who my children are. Because they honor me by doing what’s
right. This is what God calls His children to do. When we honor Him
with our life and actions and choices the world knows that our God
is…they know that He really is.
Dear God, was that necessary? Isn’t it enough you pick on me…a life
of poverty? That’s all right, but what have you got against my horse?
Really, sometimes I think when things are too quiet up there you say
to yourself, “Let’s see, what kind of mischief can I play on my friend
It’s hard to get too concerned with the frivolous talk when you see
and understand the close relationship Tevye has with his God. As he
walks into the courtyard of his home, leading his horse and talking to
God his wife Golde starts nagging and Tevye looks skyward and says,
“I’ll talk to you later.”