Don’t you just love it? I do.
Have you ever met a single soul who hated affirmation? Oh, some folks may pretend they don’t like it. They may even brush off a compliment or praise. But I have a tough time believing they don’t feel a twinge of pleasure when they are validated. Trophies. Blue Ribbons. Diplomas. Gold medals. All ways society affirms achievement. Yet, those cannot begin to have the validating power that three little words from your father have when he says…”You did great.”
I had someone compliment me yesterday that affirmed my decorating sense and it felt goooood. Real good. My granddaughter told me how much she loved me and liked being with me. “Beam!” For me, validation helps balance out the inferiority within and the daily flubs in life. I know I am not “all that”. Therefore when someone affirms me, it encourages me to do more, be better, try harder.
Scripture tells us not to boast about ourselves, to let others do it. That’s so we don’t get the “big head”, as Momma use to say. Some Christians don’t want anyone to give them any validation because they want all the glory to go to God. I understand that. But let’s face it; there’s enough criticism and condemnation in this world that few of us have to worry about giving out too much praise and giving someone the “big head”.
People like to know they make a difference in the world– that they are significant to others. If we didn’t need affirmation, God wouldn’t have given some of us the gift of encouragement. There would be no reason to include “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold” in the book of Proverbs. Nor would there be any promise of “well done my good and faithful servant”. Then there’s:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” Hebrews 10:24
As Christians we know we are significant to God. Extremely significant. Why else would He send His only begotten Son to die for our sins, to set us free from the guilt, shame, and rebellion? We don’t deserve it, but God’s grace shows we mean something to Him. A big something. We could never be holy enough, pure enough, good enough, so God poured out His righteousness upon us. Just thought you’d like to be reminded of that fact today. After all, it’s Monday. And there is something about Mondays that always seem to drag us down.
I pray you have a great week in the LORD. I pray He blesses you and you see His blessings immediately. I pray you hear the affirmations of others and receive them as blessings from God. Accept them. I don’t know about you, but when I affirm others and remind them of their value, I feel good too. It returns a blessing to me. I hope these words encourage you and help affirm how important you are to others in this troubled world. I hope this feeds you and spurs you on to stir up the good within others so they are able to believe in themselves.
And if that’s notmotivating enough, take God as an example. When Jesus was baptized, He audibly told the world, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Now, friends. If God thought it important to confirm and affirm Jesus, it’s the least we can do for others we meet throughtout the week. Agree?